By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has congratulated his predecessor, Chief Willie Obiano, on his 67th birthday.
Obiano, a former banker and chattered accountant, clocked 67 years on Monday, August 8.
In a message signed by Mr Christian Aburime, Chief Press Secretary to Soludo, the former Central Bank Governor praised Obiano for what he called his passionate service to Anambra and her people.
Soludo said, ‘Indeed, generations of Ndi Anambra and Nigerians will look back in history to appreciate your exemplary leadership and contributions in the area of infrastructural development and community service.
‘As the fourth democratically elected Governor of Anambra State, from 17 March 2015 to 17 March 2022, you have contributed your best and history will be kind to you,’ Soludo stated.
Congratulating Obiano, Soludo said, ‘Attaining the age of 67 years is a milestone achievement deserving of celebration, having served and become an accomplished politician, banker and technocrat within these years.
‘On behalf of my family, the government and people of Anambra State, I wish you long life, sound health and many more years of service to your fatherland and humanity.’
Obiano had been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) immediately after his tenure as governor, but was later freed on health grounds, and had travelled to America for medical checks.
He was noted to have stood firmly behind Soludo during the 2021 governorship election in the state, despite stiff opposition and manipulations by opposition elements in the state, including the ruling party in the country, All Progressives Congress (APC).