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Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State hands over power today.



The eight years of Chief Peter Obi’s regime as the
governor of Anambra State comes to an end today, with his formal
hand-over to Chief Willie Obiano.
The famous Alex Ekwueme Square in the heart of Awka, the state
capital, has been decorated for the hand-over and Obiano’s oath-
taking ceremony is expected to attract people from all walks of life.
The hand-over committee, headed by Prince Chinedu Idigo, who
was one of the governorship aspirants, as well as the office of the
Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Oseloka Obaze,
also a former governorship aspirant, have been working hard to ensure
a smooth hand-over.
Similarly, the Commissioner for Local Government, Mrs. Azuka
Enemuo, had been liaising with the chairmen of the 21 local
government areas of the state to ensure the participation of the people
at the grassroots in the epoch-making ceremony.
Bill-boards bearing photographs of the new governor and his deputy
have been mounted in strategic places in the state, just as tailors had
been making brisk business sewing various types of uniforms to be worn
by groups.
Today’s event will be the first of such a hand-over ceremony in the
history of Anambra State as the out-going governor, Obi, is the first
to complete two tenures and hand-over to a governor elected on the
same political party.
Activities for the hand-over began last Thursday with a dedication
service at the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith, while the church
service for the swearing-in took place yesterday at Saint Patrick’s
Cathedral, both in Awka.
By last Friday, most of the political appointees, who served during
the regime of Chief Obi had moved out of their official residences and
cleared tables in their offices, except for those whose duties would be
required for smooth transition from Obi to Obiano.
At the Governor’s Lodge in the state capital, massive tents have been
mounted in almost every available space for dinner party that will
take place today.
Preaching a sermon at the special church service, yesterday, the
Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus
Ezeokafor, enjoined the new governor and his deputy, Dr. Nkem
Okeke, to strive to perform, noting that Obi, the out-going governor,
did the state proud through his remarkable achievements in all sectors,
warning that the regime could, therefore, not afford to disappoint the
According to the cleric, with the solid foundation laid by Obi, the new
administration will not find it difficult to chart the right course for
itself so as to continue to put smiles on the faces of Anambra people.
As would be expected, political office seekers have been lobbying those
close to the new governor and brandishing their curriculum vitae for
possible consideration for appointments that will start to be made public
from tomorrow.
As a parting gift to Governor Obi, traditional rulers from the 177
communities in Anambra State, on Saturday, conferred on him
chieftaincy title of Okwute (the rock), while his wife, Margaret, was
conferred with the title of Ona (the ring) of her husband.
The Obi of Onitsha, who placed the traditional red cap on Obi, said
the Royal Fathers decided to honour him because of the wonderful
work he did for Anambra State.
EJB readers please do you think Peter Obi performed well or Not?

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