The senator, representing Imo North, also known as Okigwe Zone, in the National Assembly, Frank Ibezim, has expressed appreciation to his constituents and teeming supporters.
Ibezim was on Tuesday declared the undisputed senator of the zone by the Electoral Appeal Court, which dismissed the appeal of Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as well as Senator Ifeanyi Araraume’s attempt to take over the seat.
Distinguished Senator Frank Ibezim in a statement expressed profound gratitude to the people “for keeping faith with me all through the legal battles to affirm the mandate you gave me on December 5, last year to represent you in the Senate.
“To the glory of God, our collective goals and desires have been finally sealed in the God-given victory secured at the Election Appeal Court. I hold my election as a sacred mandate and my pledge is to value and keep to its demands. By God’s grace, I will not disappoint you.”
He also assured that his victory “is the beginning of a new dawn and greater glory for Okigwe, as a new light has come to sweep away the darkness of the past.”
The senator also thanked Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, HCN, for their support and looked forward to continue working with them for the greater good of the people.
He said: “I am grateful to His Excellency, Gov. Hope Uzodimma, who with his egalitarian spirit and purpose-oriented disposition to transforming Imo State, has put his hand to the plough to help us ensure that Okigwe Zone is not left out in the outstanding developmental strides he is pursuing in our state. I am committed to continue to partner with him, as our great leader in this onerous duty.
“Also, I greatly appreciate my brother and friend, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, HCN, who stood resolutely behind me during this quest and for his devotion to the good cause of Okigwe. We shall continue to work closely for the betterment of our people.”
Ibezim further said: “I have already set the machinery in motion with regard to the pursuit and attraction of infrastructural development for our zone in line with the covenant I have entered with you by the mandate you gave me. Some are beginning to yield fruit within the short period that I have represented you thus far in the Senate, and things can only get better.”
He also lauded the fighting spirit of his opponents in the protracted battle for the senatorial seat. He extended an olive branch to them and invited them to join him in building a better zone.
“Permit me to salute those brothers and sisters who vied for the office with me for their doggedness,” he said. “However, now that the protracted legal battles have been finally laid to rest, I urge everyone, including my opponents to join me in building a new virile Okigwe for the good of our people.
“Once again let me reiterate that this victory belongs to the entire people of Okigwe and no particular person. I therefore, enjoin that we work in concert to take Okigwe to greater heights.
“With God’s help and direction, the journey may be challenging but reaching the destination of our choice for an Okigwe built on equity, progress, and development is assured. I invite you to join me as we do this.”