By Ikeugonna Eleke
Members of the National Assembly from Anambra State on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have resolved to support former Central Bank Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, to clinch the ticket of the party for the November governorship poll.
This was revealed during a meeting of the caucus with the state executive committee of the party, when the former Central Bank chief visited the state party secretariat in Awka, to notify them of his intention to run for the governorship position.
Representatives of the APGA National Assembly Caucus, Hons Chinedu Obidigwe and Dozie Nwankwo, who both represent Anambra East/ Anambra West and Anaocha, Njikoka, Dunukofia Federal Constituencies, respectively, revealed this while addressing the state executive of the party.
Obidigwe said, ‘In 2013, Soludo was disqualified by the party as an aspirant of APGA and he took it in good faith. He was not among the aggrieved aspirants who decided to play a spoiler’s game for the party.
‘We have been begging Soludo to run and today he has accepted to run. All members of the National Assembly caucus from APGA have resolved that we will support him. Just one or two people are disagreeing with this, but you know that majority carries the vote.’
He said that Soludo had remained consistent in the party and recalled that in 2017 when Governor Willie Obiano was running for reelection, it was the same Soludo that insisted that Anambra (under Obiano) was not broken and that there was no reason to mend it.
‘Willie is working and Soludo will consolidate on his achievements when he comes in,’ Obidigwe said.
In supporting him, Nwankwo said that Soludo was one man who identified with him a long time ago and loved bright youths.
Earlier, Prof. Soludo, while notifying the party of his intention to run for the governorship seat of Anambra State, said the November 2021 governorship election was very important to the survival of the APGA as a party.
He said, ‘This election is consequential in Anambra State and if APGA does not win, it means the party is gone. No APGA member should toy with this election. If APGA leaves Anambra it has lost direction. Do not make a mistake in the person the party fields for the election as candidate because the party cannot afford to lose the election.’
He said the collective destiny of the party was at stake and must be protected by all means.