By Nwafor Okafor
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has enjoined the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance-led government in Anambra State not to lower the standard of governance in the state.
He said 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 organised in the honour of APGA, Anambra State Chapter , said the APGA’s feat in the last gubernatorial election was destined by God.
He asked the governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, to keep the flag flying.
He said’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 Cleric admonished them to guard the mandate given to them by Ndi Anambra jealously and judiciously, charging 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.
He explained that victory which he described as hard-fought should not be toyed with, advising that the welfare of the people of Anambra State should be first in their agenda. Bishop Ezeokafor commended the APGA leadership for coming to appreciate God for what He had done for the party.
Speaking, the APGA state Chairman, Norbert Obi thanked the bishop for the words of admonition and encouragement, 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, Hon Sir Pete Ibida, Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South LGA, Hon Leo Nwuba, ANSAA Boss, Sir Jude Emecheta, among others.