By Douglas Okoro
Abakaliki – Mr Livinus Makwe, a house of representatives member -elect has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being neutral and fair to all political parties during the 2019 general elections in Ebonyi.
Makwe, elected to represent Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constitutency, gave the commendation in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abakaliki.
He said that INEC lived up to its promise to conduct smooth, transparent, free and credible elections in Ebonyi.
Makwe, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was issued the Certificate of Return (CoR) for the election by the electoral body on Thursday in Abuja.
Makwe had defeated candidates of other parties to emerge victorious during the Feb 23 National Assembly elections.
The incoming lawmaker also congratulated the state governor, Mr David Umahi, on his victory in the governorship election in the state.
He said the governor’s election was not surprising as he had performed beyond expectations by carrying out monumental development projects in all the 13 local government areas in the state.
“The governor won due to his outstanding performance; there is no part of the state that has not felt the impact of the governor in one form or the other.
“The governor’s infrastructural transformation in the areas of road construction, education, health, agriculture, electricity, human empowerment and capacity building, is second to none in the country today.
“The governor’s achievement is more remarkable when one considers the fact that the state receives one of the least allocations from the monthly federal allocations.
” So, Ebonyi people had no choice but to use their votes to tell him to continue the transformation of the state,” he said.
Makwe said that the PDP recorded total victory in Ebonyi by winning all the national and state house of assembly seats declared so far.
He said that the party’s landslide victory is a testament to the governor’s political sagacity, prowess and the acceptance of PDP as the only relevant political party in the state.
Makwe also promised to cooperate fully with the governor in moving the state forward.
He thanked his constituents for electing him with landslide votes and promised not to disappoint them.
“I promised during the campaign to attract more federal presence to the area and that I will pursue with doggedness once I am inaugurated.
“I will also work assiduously to ensure that my constituency is no longer marginalised in employment into federal government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as has been the case in the past,” he said.(NAN)