The ebullient Anglican Bishop bellowed from the pulpit in his sermon that “Obiano will have his desired and worthy successor.” The congregation cheerfully echoed a resounding Amennnn.. The successor is no other person than Cee Cee Soludo, the APGA Governorship candidate for the fast-approaching Anambra November 6 election. The Most Rev Dr Cyril Odutemu, Bishop of Ugheli and Archbishop of Bendel, is a witty, engaging and fascinating preacher. He said he was driven by the Holy Spirit in his sermon during the 50th birthday church service of Bishop Paul Udogu, Bishop of Afikpo at his home church -Holy Trinity Parish, Igboezunu, Aguleri.
He prophesied that Obiano will finish strong and will give Anambra a worthy successor to the delight of everyone in the church.

Th,is was under the watchful eye of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria; His Grace Most Reverend Chukwudum Ndukuba who later prayed for Obiano, Soludo and Ibezim.

Anglican Bishop Odutemu was in that historic sermon reinforcing what motivated an audacious coalition of more than 32 self-funded support groups to hit the streets of Anambra clamouring for Soludo to run for governor. They say they want a man who has done great things before, somebody who has name recognition internationally and nationally, someone with intellectual and execution capacity and not the least, a man with proven integrity and verifiable moral character and values to lead Anambra in the post oil/ post covid 19 4th industrial revolution world.

Soludo accepted to run and since then has proven that he is an unmatchable political pugilist.
Fortunately, Governor Obiano and the rank and file of APGA heeded the yearnings of the support groups and elected Soludo their flag bearer in a primary that has become a reference point in Nigeria.

Now from Anambra West to Anambra East, to Onitsha South,to Onitsha North, to Oyi and Dunukofia, the clamour and wish of the people is that Obiano should be given all the support to have his worthy and desired successor for continuity, for consolidation and for transformation.

Meanwhile, those who clamoured for Soludo to run are all over the place grinning from ear to ear at the beauty, originality and comprehensive nature of his ” A People’s Manifesto for a Greater Anambra” which has changed the narrative in the contestation of ideas for the next Anambra after Willie Obiano.

We say Amen to Bishop Odutemu prophecy for a greater Anambra and wish him and the Primate journey mercies back to Ugheli and Abuja.

Be of good cheer!

Joe C Anatune
Write from Awa.

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