Following his re-election by the people of Anambra in the last state elections which held in November, 2017, Willie Obiano, on Saturday was sworn in for a 2nd term as the Governor of Anambra state amidst vows to consolidate on the development of the state.
The swearing-in ceremony which held at Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka was witnessed by four other governors namely, David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, as well as the deputy governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Haruna Umaru.
The roll call of personalities in attendance include: Professor Uche Azikiwe, Senator Ndii Obi, Senator Andy Uba, Senator Joy Emodi, Senator Victor Umeh, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Senator Chris Ngige, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Stella Oduah, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Dr. Victor Oye, Professor Charles Soludo, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, Chief Chris Uba, among others.
The governor was re-elected on November 18, 2017, on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance. He scored a total vote of 234,071, defeating Dr. Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, who polled 98,752.
Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, administered the oath of office to them around 12.30pm on Saturday.
In his speech, he outlined his commitment towards combatting crime, driving economic and infrastructural development, as part of his focus in the 2nd term. “I’m determined to make Anambra State the safest state in the country and the best investment destination.”
Furthermore, he promised to set up state-of-the-art hospitals in the three senatorial districts of the state while assuring the people that major roads in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka would be fixed.
As well as is committed to encourage small and medium enterprises in the state to boost economic powers of the people, while promising to complete the state airport at Umeri, in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
The archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, said the opening prayers on the occasion.
The Chairman of the Obiano swearing-in committee, Mr. Ifeany Ibezi, in his remarks, described Obiano as a “legacy governor”.
He enjoined the people of the state to continue to give the governor their support and cooperation.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, at the ceremony.