On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 and as early as 6,30am the delegates had started trouping into the Ekwueme square, Awka. Majority came dressed in the popular party apparel. Radiant men and women, they came from 21 local governments but with one goal in mind – elect a flag bearer for November 6, 2021 that is able and capable to win for them.
Knowing what is at stake, neither the rain nor scorching sun could deter them.
Accreditation over, they moved over to the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre where voting took place along local government lines.
Months before the election, Cee Cee Soludo had embarked on an unprecedented local government consultations during which he solicited for their votes. It was therefore not surprising that he swept the votes but that is not the kernel of this conversation. The question midst the national acclaim for the peaceful, transparent and credible primary election is – what is in it for Ndi Anambra?
Let us do some lateral thinking to drive home our point. Lagos is a one state city made up of of Lagos Island, Apapa, Surulere, Ikeja, Agege, etc. Now Anambra will be developed holistically as a one State City. The key word is that it will be livable, in fact, the most livable in Africa to be able to attract the best and brightest in the world to come invest, live, work and relax. This is the Anambra Soludo envisions. The children of Anambra will not have need to seek greener pastures in Lagos for instance because Soludo will create an Anambra City State that is better than Lagos.
The foregoing is a snippet of the alluring vision Soludo is bringing to the ballot paper which will surely crystallize the beauty of Anambra state. It is so accommodating that it has ample space for our brothers who ran the race with him to join him to accomplish. For the progress of Anambra, there is need to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship by focusing on the big picture. Yes sportsmanship is all we need now to make progress.
Be of good cheer
Joe C Anatune
Anatune writes from Awa.