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March 17: Expectations are high – Bishop Ezeokafor tells APGA Govt

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

AS GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State prepares to handover to the governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo on March 17, 2022, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has exhorted the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led Anambra State Government not to lower the standard of governance in the state, saying that the trust and confidence reposed in the party by the electorate should not be taken for granted.

  Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, during a victory Thanksgiving Mass, organized in the honour of APGA, Anambra State Chapter, said that the APGA’s feat in the last gubernatorial election was destined by God.

  ‘Your victorious outing in the last gubernatorial election in the state was made possible by God. It was a hard-fought victory. We all witnessed what happened before the election. I’m not a card carrying member of any political party but I watch and monitor political proceedings.

  ‘Last guber election was not easy for APGA. Ndi Anambra voted because of what they believe the party has done over the years. We want that continued.  You must continue to provide that dividends of democracy to the people. Expectations are high,’ he said.

  The bishop admonished them to guard the mandate given to them by ndi Anambra jealously and judiciously. 

  He  charged the party’s hierarchy to continue to work for the greater good of the people, saying that the electorate voted for them to continue and improve on their good works in the state, explaining  that victory, which he described as hard fought should not be toyed with.

  He advised that the welfare of the people of Anambra State should be first in their agenda and commended the APGA leadership for coming to appreciate God for what He had done for the party.

Chairman, APGA, Anambra State Chapter, Sir Norbert Obi thanked the bishop for the words of admonitions and encouragements, assuming that the party would continue to churn out quality leadership in the state.

  Some of those who attended the Thanksgiving Mass included, the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka Catholic Diocese, Very Rev Fr Francis Chidume, the former Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Sir Victor Umeh, OFR, the deputy governor-elect, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the member representing Njikoka II in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Sir Pete Ibida, Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South LGA, Leo Nwuba, ANSAA boss, Sir Jude Emecheta, among others.

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