By Abuchi Onwumelu
A group under the aegis of Youths Earnestly Seek Soludo (YESS), numbering over one thousand, last Sunday mobilized support for the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, describing him as the most suitable and capable replacement for Governor Willie Obiano come 2021 Governorship Election in Anambra State.
The maiden stakeholders' meeting which had ward, town, local government and zonal coordinators of YESS in attendance, attracted the member of Presidential Economic Advisory Council, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
Addressing the gathering, the convener and the leader of the group, Comrade Nelson Omenugha, said the association after a careful study and detailed analysis of the political situation in Anambra State, decided to queue behind Soludo whom he described as an epitome of excellence, dexterity and resourcefulness.
He explained that the YESS Stakeholder group was an organization of men and women who aligned with the ideas and personality of Professor Soludo and were strongly working towards ensuring his emergence as the next Governor of Anambra State.
Omenugha said the Ex-CBN boss had done a lot in human capital development and deserved to be given a chance, saying that he (Soludo) had all it took to govern Anambra State.
He enjoined the coordinators to take message of Soludo down to the 326 wards, towns, LGAs and zones and also expedite action in mobilizing support for him as YESS was out to ensure that Soludo emerged the next governor of Anambra State.
The former students' leader advised the youths to shun money politics and embrace politics of stakeholding, which, he said, was all about staking resources, time, energy and intellect to enthrone an individual such as Soludo.
'We are here to market a brand; Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo is a brand. He is a sellable product. He is refined, exposed and super-intelligent. We are here on self-conviction. No one is paying us a dime. We are here because we believe in Soludo. People are here because they want to be part of this project,' Omenugha concluded.
For his part, the Rector of Holy Family Youth Village, Amansea, in Awka North Local Government Area, Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Obielosi, urged YESS members to hold firmly and tenaciously to the movement, describing Soludo as a gift to Ndi Anambra.
Contributing, the priest In-charge of St. Andrew's Parish (Anglican Communion), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area, Rev. Kingsley Chukwukamma, said he came because the name Soludo was mentioned, and appealed to him to consider the pleas from YESS members.
Responding, Soludo, who said he was on transit and decided to breeze in and listen to the yearnings of the youths, said he was overwhelmed with joy seeing Anambra Youths asking him to come and lead them.
He however noted that he was still consulting with all the relevant stakeholders, adding that if at the end of his consultation he decided to run, he would not hesitate to make it public.
'I am speechless. Seeing this crowd gladdens my heart. Seeing people like you clamouring for me to come and run shows there is something you think I possess and want me to bring it out. I am happy that you people are asking me to contest. I am highly honoured. I want to tell you this; it is the Idea you sell that will change people's lives and turn society around. I have enough ideas to sell.
'As a group we can sing a new song. I appreciate YESS slogan which says "It is Possible". My Agenda will be a collective project. I want all of you to make an input collectively and individually,' he said, describing youths as future leaders of today, rather than leaders of tomorrow.
'Let's synthesize our contributions, it will be the people's agenda while we provide visionary leadership. I'm inviting the youths to work with me, not for me. Let's work hand in hand. The easier part of it is to get there, the hard work begins after the fight is won,' Soludo stated, adding that the women of the state deserved more than 35% affirmative action because they were very competent.
. . . As PEPOLAC Honours Him as Ambassador of World Peace
The Peace and Positive Living Awareness Centre (PEPOLAC), an Awka based Non-Governmental Organization, recently honoured the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, as an Ambassador of World Peace.
The Ex-CBN boss was decorated during this year's World Peace Day, themed, ''Peaceful Coexistence: A Panacea for Sustainable Development'', held at Prof Dora Akunyili Women's Development Centre, Awka.
The coordinator, Rt Rev Dr Ozioma Ozoemena, International Coordinator (Nigeria), whose book, ''Imperative Coexistence'', was also presented to the public, said the Ambassador for World Peace award given to Soludo was in recognition of his roles in developing human capital, encouraging inclusiveness and gender sensitivity in his approach to leadership and his speeches, his role in eradicating poverty and support to education, especially to the girl child and youths, his personal excellence in growth and development, and for the role he played in promoting peace and value reorientation.
The event featured, among others, a Keynote Address by Soludo and his subséquent investiture by the Organization to some distinguished individuals including, Hon. Sir Pete Ibida, member representing Njikoka II State Constituency, among others.
Prof. Soludo spoke on the imperatives of unity, social inclusion and value reorientation as key ingredients of Sustainable World Peace.
Prof Soludo pledged to work together with PEPOLAC to do more regarding peace development, inclusiveness and value reorientation. He enjoined all to join the mission of eradicating generational poverty through education, especially through his adoption model, saying that he had adopted a primary school in Isuofia and cared for their every single need from teachers' salaries to school fees, buildings, furniture, uniforms, writing materials, among others.
He thanked the organizers for finding him worthy of honour and pledged to commit the rest of his useful days to the propagation of Peace around the world.