By Ikeugonna Eleke
One week to his swearing in as governor of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has assured members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) that through his performance, the party will consolidate its hold on the state.
Soludo who stated this in a press release by his media aide, Mr Joe Anatune, came short of appealing to members of the party to allow him the latitude to perform, saying that that was the only way Anambra could remain APGA.
The former Central Bank Governor said he felt the pain of an average family in the state as they struggled to feed, clothe themselves, pay rent and meet other responsibilities in the face of the harsh economy.
Anatune in the release said, ‘Cee Cee Soludo’s commitment to improving the quality of life and lifting many from the vicious grip of poverty is the elixir that APGA needs to continually win the battle for the minds and hearts of voters in Nigeria and to emerge as a major challenger in the power dynamics. In other words, astute management of the political economy is the key.
‘The incoming government is poised to deliver on its promises. The new administration understands that the only way to get repeat or merit votes is to keep delighting the electorate.
‘The message Soludo is sending across to his fellow APGA members is that meeting the needs of the people is central to future electoral victories and growth of the party.’
Anatune said Soludo was worried that Anambra people faced existential challenges, ranging from insecurities, limited landmass occasioned by erosions and flooding, and even massive youth unemployment.
‘Families are struggling to put food on the table, pay house rents, pay school fees, settle medical bills, take care of aged ones and more. There is inadequate power for homes, offices and factories, insufficient housing, and weak transportation infrastructure.
‘Climate change is real and we will be living in denial if we do not acknowledge its negative impact on our lives. APGA, through free and transparent primaries, made a wise decision to nominate a candidate who satisfactorily demonstrated a clear understanding of our local context and challenges, and who the voters trusted enough to elect him to lead them for the next four years as their governor.
‘This trust must not be taken for granted and the only way to sustain it is through superior achievements that address the concerns earlier listed.
‘From all indications, Soludo is willing and ready to make Ndi APGA and Ndi Anambra electorate proud. And part of the sound economics for members of the party is setting up cooperatives to assist members advance in their various endeavours,’ Anatune said.