By Izuchukwu Adichie.

The Anambra APGA governorship candidate, Chukwuma Soludo on Monday said he offered himself to succeed the incumbent governor Chief Willie Obiano whose second and final term will come to an end first quarter of 2022, because ndi-Anambra want him to serve them after his excellent and successful performance in global and national levels. Several grassroots political movements have in the past two years courted Soludo to declare his ambition to contest the governorship.

The former CBN Boss who was a guest on Channels TV “Politics Today”, maintained that he was favoured by his party members to fly the party flag because of his commitment to the party, age-long loyalty, personality traits, profile, his acceptance in the grass roots across state, and that the party wants someone who can easily win both primary and main election landslide.

Soludo while dispelling the rumors of the national leadership crisis in the party, he maintained that APGA under Chief Victor Oye remains unified and there’s no other existing faction being recognized by electoral body, as the convention that produced the National Chairman and members of his National Working Committee was witnessed and monitored by INEC, and all those who went to create “purported” factions because they were dissatisfied with the outcome of the party’s gubernatorial primary election, equally attended and voted in the said convention that produced Chief Victor Oye.

Soludo further stated that those who recently ran to Birkin Kudu Division of Jigawa State High Court to obtain a null judgement that purportedly sacked Chief Oye and stopped INEC from publishing his name on the governorship list only succeeded in misleading the court of law as he’s confident that Appellant court will nullify the judgment. He assured his supporters that justice shall soon prevail as no man’s head can be shaved in his absence.

In furtherance, the APGA gubernatorial candidate on citing Section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act which mandated INEC to within seven (7) days of receipt of the nomination, publish the particulars of the candidate, said APGA uploaded his particulars on 2nd July yet, INEC failed to rise up and take responsibility even when there were Awka Federal High Court and State High Court orders that mandated the commission to maintain status quo on his name.

Frowning on INEC negligence and disrespect of Electoral Act which mandates the commission to publish his name, Soludo maintained that irrespective of the ongoing litigations, he is confident that the Nigeria’s judiciary will do sound justice as such had occurred in 2010 gubernatorial election when he was greeted with 13 court cases.

The confident Soludo is assured that ndi-Anambra whom have resolved to vote for Soludo/APGA in the November Poll aren’t distracted. He has equally called on his overwhelming supporters including the over 70% ndi-Anambra that are supporting APGA in the state to remain calm and peaceful as the storm will soon be over, and that Anambra governorship shall be decided on the polls and not in the court.

Thanking Governor Obiano on his leadership role and for believing in him as the rightful candidate to consolidate on his legacy projects, Soludo maintained that he has no godfather because ndi-Anambra has abhored the ideas of godfatherism and that APGA is people-oriented movement.

Soludo also cleared the air on the criminal case initiated against him by some persons in magistrate court saying that their intention is to harass and weaken his campaign. He also stated that he has been consistent with paying his rent in the UK since 2006 where his family resides revealing that it does not belong to him.

Anambra governorship election has been scheduled by INEC to hold on November 6, 2021, and will be contested by sixteen other political parties (16) including APGA which Chukwuma Soludo is the gubernatorial candidate.


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