Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 17 March 2014 | 3,244 times
He entered office eight years ago as Mr and refused all entreaties to be made a chief. But with just two days to exit the Anambra State Government House, Peter Obi bowed to pressure and accepted to be crowned Okwute (the Rock) of Ndigbo.
And today he finally bowed out in a blaze of glory, beating his chest as he handed over the reins of power to the new Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
Speaking at Obiano’s swearing-in ceremony in Awka, the state capital, Obi told the world that he was handing over a state that is most financially stable among its contemporaries. He assured Anambrarians that he was handing over the state to a competent successor who will continue from where he stopped to deliver the dividend of democracy the people.
“When I took the oath of office in 2007, I drove to the venue in my car, I also came from my house because then; the state had no Governor’s Lodge, but today I can confidently say that I have built a Governor’s Lodge. As I speak with you now, we have purchased a brand new Toyota Jeep for the Governor to enable him commence his constitutional duty with ease,” Obi said.
Obi had recently disclosed that his government had left a whopping N75 billion for the incoming administration to commence administrative and developmental projects, explaining that he had exhibited high level of prudence in handling the funds of the state.
The swearing-in ceremony commenced with the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, taking the oath of office administered to him by the State Chief Judge at exactly 2:00pm while the Governor Obiano took his at exactly 2:10pm.
•Photo shows former Anambra State Governor, Chief Peter Obi.
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