Charles Soludo: Nine Key Things To Know About Anambra’s New Governor

Professor Chukwuma Soludo, and his wife, Mrs Nonye, at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Anambra State on September 25, 2021.

 

After what seemed like an almost impossible feat, the gubernatorial election in Anambra State has been concluded and a new governor elected. 

With a powerful margin, the Anambra People have chosen Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as their new governor.

READ ALSO: Charles Soludo Wins Anambra Governorship Election

Professor Soludo ran on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the ruling party in the state.

While the APGA elected candidate is not new to the political circle, there are many who still don’t know much about him and his journey within the political realm.

It is on this premise that we have come up with nine things people need to know about the newly-elected governor of Anambra State.


S/NLGAAPCAPGAPDPYPPREMARK
1AGUATA4,7739,1363,7981,070APGA
2ANAMBRA EAST2,0349,7461,380559APGA
3ANAMBRA WEST1,2331,9181,401357APGA
4ANAOCHA2,0856,9115,108868APGA
5AWKA NORTH7551,908840381APGA
6AWKA SOUTH2,59512,8915,498919APGA
7AYAMELUM2,4093,4242,804407APGA
8DUNUKOFIA1,9914,1241,6801,360APGA
9EKWUSIGO1,2372,5701,857727APGA
10IDEMILI NORTH2,2915,3582,312902APGA
11IDEMILI SOUTH1,0392,3122,016752APGA
12IHIALA3438,2832,485344APGA
13NJIKOKA3,2168,8033,409924APGA
14NNEWI NORTH1,2783,3691,5116,485YPP
15NNEWI SOUTH1,3073,2432,2261,327APGA
16OGBARU1,1783,0513,445484PDP
17ONITSHA NORTH3,9095,5873,781682APGA
18ONITSHA SOUTH2,0504,2812,253271APGA
19ORUMBA NORTH2,6724,7871,847655APGA
20ORUMBA SOUTH2,0604,3941,672887APGA
21OYI2,8306,1332,484900APGA
TOTAL21 LGAs43,285112,22953,80721,261APGA
Total Registered Voters2,466,638
Total Accredited Voters253,388
Total Valid Votes241,523
Total Rejected Votes8,108
Total Votes Cast249,631

1.  Aguata Born

Soludo hails from Isuanioma which is within the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Born on July 28, 1960, Soludo lost his mother at a tender age. However, the loss did not stop the young lad from doing excellently well in his studies and his flair for academics would eventually see him do his mother’s memory proud a few years after her death.

2. Erudite Scholar

Staying true to his genius, Soludo graduated with First Class Honours in 1984, obtained an MSc Economics in 1987, and a PhD in 1989, winning prizes for the best student at all three levels. A prolific macroeconomist, he obtained his three degrees and then a professorship at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Enugu State.

3. Teacher extraordinaire  

By 1999, Soludo became a visiting professor at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA, he was also a lecturer at Oxford, Cambridge, and Warwick University. He has also been a guest scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the the Brookings Institution.

The Aguata-born economist has worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations, including The World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Professor Soludo has authored and co-authored several books, most of which lay emphasis on multi-country macro-econometric modelling, techniques of computable general equilibrium modelling, survey methodology, and panel data econometrics, etc.

4. Revolutionary CBN Governor

Based on his wealth of knowledge Professor Soludo was invited to serve his country in 2003 as the Chief Economic Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission of Nigeria. On May 2004, he was made governor and chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

As CBN Governor, Professor Soludo is credited with refocusing the Central Bank as an effective monetary authority, successfully implementing a fundamental restructuring which is said to have led to unprecedented consolidation of the Nigerian banking system.

According to a statement on the CBN official page, Soludo championed the establishment of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a continental, private -sector driven, investment bank.

Due to his good work while in charge of the CBN, Soludo got an appointment from President Mohammadu Buhari, to be part of the newly formed eight-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) on September 16, 2019.

5. Dogged Politician

In 2009, the economics professor announced his intention to contest for the governorship seat in Anambra State, he was chosen as a consensus candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The gubernatorial bid was eventually unsuccessful as he lost to Peter Obi. Resigning from the PDP on July 17, 2013, Soludo joined the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in preparation for the November 2013, Anambra state governorship election.

However, he was dealt another sore blow as in mid-August 2013, he, along with five other qualified aspirants, was disqualified by the APGA Screening Committee.

Soludo would again declare his intention to run for the position of Governor on the APGA platform and this time, after a heated legal tussle, the former CBN governor was officially declared the candidate of the ruling party in the state.

6. Father of Six

Not so much focus has been thrown on Soludo’s private life in recent times, however, the professor is married to Mrs Nonye Soludo and they have been blessed with six children.

7. Multi-Award Winning Academic

Professor Soludo is the recipient of a plethora of awards and recognitions from various institutions and organisations. Most notable amongst these is the recognition by the Financial Times of London, as a ‘Great Reformer’.

Also highly noteworthy is his winning of the ‘Global and African Central Bank Governor of the Year, in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by different international media institutions including The Banker Magazine which is published by the Financial Times of London. In 2006, he received a Global Banker’s Award in London.

He has also been conferred with Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) – Nigeria’s third-highest national honour.

8. Jolly Good Fellow

In addition to his myriad of accolades, Soludo is a member of the International Advisory Group for the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
He is also a member of the Chief Economist Advisory Council of the World Bank, as well as a member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD). Soludo is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and a fellow of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES). He is also a member of the British Department for International Development’s International Advisory Group.

The former CBN governor has a D.SC (Honoris Causa) from the University of Calabar and the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
In 2018, he received Red Cross awards for his contributions to the development of society.

9. Visionary  

In 2008, Soludo made his mark as an economist with great vision during a speech to the Nigerian Economic Society, he predicted a consolidation in the private banking industry.

“By the end of 2008, there will be fewer banks than there are today. The restructuring of the banking industry has been attracting funds from local and foreign investors, which have increased banks’ ability to lend to customers,” the professor declared.

In his speeches, the scholar has always expressed a hope to see Nigeria become Africa’s financial hub, and he considers microfinance an integral part of the federal government’s economic policies.

LIVE UPDATES: Anambra Governorship Election – 18 Candidates In Race To Succeed Obiano

 

It’s election day in Anambra State.

Welcome to our live coverage of the poll which will determine who succeeds Governor Willie Obiano as the leader of the state.

Eighteen political parties and candidates are in the governorship race and voting is expected to take place across more than 5,000 polling units spread across the 21 local governments of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said ahead of the election that there are 2.5 million registered voters and 5,720 polling units in the state but there will be no voting in 86 of them because there are no registered voters there.

Channels TV is on the ground in the state to bring you updates as the election progresses.

You can catch the latest updates by refreshing this page. You can also watch our live coverage on TV via DSTV – Channel 420, or in the UK on Sky channel 518. You can also follow the coverage on our livestreams on YouTube or Facebook.


That’s all for today, don’t forget to join us tomorrow for more updates on the election. Thank you.

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5:28 pm: Soludo finally votes after over five hours

Charles Soludo casts his vote on November 6, 2021.
Mr Soludo is the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the election.

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4:15 pm: Andy Uba Wins Polling Unit

APC governorship candidate, Senator Andy Uba, has won the election held at Ward 16 Polling Unit 17 in Uga, Aguata LGA, where he voted.

Uba polled 80 votes, while Professor Charles Soludo (APGA), Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP), and Mr Valentine Ozigbo (PDP) scored 10 five, and two votes respectively at the polling centre.

Mr Andy Uba, a Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, cast his vote on November 6, 2021.
Senator Uba is the APC candidate in the election.

4:04 pm: Voting ends at the polling unit in Umudim Ward 1, Nnewi North LGA. Electoral officials have begun to sort the ballot papers.

Electorate look watch electoral officials sort the ballot papers after voting ended at this polling unit.

3:50 pm: Voting ends at Senator Andy Uba’s polling unit, sorting and counting have begun.

Officials are sorting and counting the ballot papers after voting ended at this polling unit.

NEWS FLASH: INEC Extends Voting Time Over Failure Of Devices

Update on #AnambraDecides2021

TEXT OF A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, ANAMBRA STATE ON OPENING AND CLOSING OF POLLS FOR THE ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION, SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2021*

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the period for opening and closing of Poll from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. This revised closing time applies to areas where Polling Units opened after the commencement period of 8:30 am.

In line with existing regulations and guidelines of the Commission, any intending voter who is on the queue by 4:00 pm shall be allowed to vote. All Polling Unit staff must comply with this directive.

The extension of time arose out of several field reports that voters have had problems with accreditation. The Commission is currently investigating the reason the accreditation devices, Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), have worked perfectly in some Polling Units, but not in others.

In some of the cases, it would seem that this resulted from software glitches. Our technicians have already built an update to the devise software to prevent further challenges. The update is currently being installed in the concerned BVAS and we request voters, candidates, and agents to be patient and allow our technical staff to solve the problem.

The Commission wishes to reiterate that in cases of sustained malfunction of the BVAS, the Presiding Officer must inform the voters and polling agents that accreditation and voting for the affected Polling Unit shall continue tomorrow or at another time determined by the Commission.

With this extension of time and the recommencement of accreditation where the BVAS consistently malfunctions, the Commission assures that no voter will be disenfranchised.

Our deployment has also been adversely affected by transportation challenges in some locations. It must be noted that on account of security concerns, some of the transporters that were mobilized and collected 50% of their sign-on fee backed out at the last moment, leaving some of our ad-hoc staff stranded.

Also, some of the trained ad-hoc staff backed out at the last moment. The Commission is on top of these challenges and extant regulations and guidelines will be applied on a case-by-case basis.

Consequently, we are harvesting areas where voting will realistically no longer take place today, including places where substantial disruption has occurred, to enable a possible recommencement of voting at another time, in line with extant laws and the regulations and guidelines of the Commission.

We appeal to all voters, candidates, stakeholders communities, and political parties to remain calm and law-abiding. We assure you that the Commission is determined to make all votes count.

Thank you.


 

3:40 pm: Voting has ended, and counting is ongoing at the polling unit at the Community Primary School in Amawbia, Awka.

3:12 pm: Only 27 people out of the 717 registered voters at Professor Charles Soludo’s polling centre – Isuofia Ward, Polling Unit 002 – have cast their ballots.

Amid the anger and frustration triggered by the failure of the accreditation device, the governorship candidate who is yet to cast his vote says it makes no sense to vote when his crowd of supporters have yet to vote.

Professor Charles Soludo at his polling unit.

2:21 pm: Voting is still ongoing with a large turnout of voters at polling units 001, 002, 003, 004, and 020 at Otolo Ward 2, Umuenem Hall in Nnewi North LGA.

The electorate want INEC to extend the voting time as a result of the delay in the commencement of the exercise and the malfunctioning of the BVR machine.

A crowd of voters at the polling units.

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Security Highlight

The election is ongoing amid tight security as personnel of the police, Nigerian Army, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), among others, patrol various parts of the state.

No case of violence has been reported so far.


12:57 pm: Professor Charles Soludo is already at his polling unit. He expresses disappointment over the technical issue of the bimodal verification device. However, the governorship candidate is hopeful that the situation will improve.

Professor Charles Soludo at his polling unit.

12:46 pm: Obiano Votes In Aguleri, Urges Electorate To Come Out

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, is among the first voters to cast their ballots in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, to the Ward 4 Polling Unit in Otuocha where the couple went through a rapid accreditation process before casting their votes.

Governor Obiano and his wife at their polling unit.

 

Addressing reporters shortly after casting his vote, Governor Obiano appealed to the people of the state to come out and perform their civic duties, saying that the voting exercise would only last for a few hours.

He commended the voting process, describing it as fast and easy. The governor is also optimistic that the entire exercise will be free, fair, and credible across the state.


Special Moment

A physically challenged woman, Catherine Egbuche, is one of the voters at the Community Primary School, Amawbia, Awka.

Catherine, 70, said she came out to vote for her preferred candidate even though she has yet to receive her gratuity as a pensioner.


12:25 pm: Mr Valentine Ozigbo, a candidate in the election, has just voted at Polling Unit 10 located at Social Centre in Amesi Ward, Agauta LGA.

Another governorship candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, votes in Aguata LGA.

12:15 pm: Senator Andy Uba casts his ballot after being accredited to vote at his polling unit in Ugah, Aguata LGA.

Senator Andy Uba casts his vote.

11:59 am: One of the governorship candidates in the election, Ifeanyi Ubah, casts his vote at Polling Unit 20 Otolo Ward 1, Nnofor Hall in Nnewi South LGA.

He says he is satisfied with the turnout of voters who trooped out en masse to exercise their civic franchise.

Senator Ifeanyi Uba is pleased with the process so far.

11:38 am: At the polling unit 005 located on the premises of the Central School in Isuofia, the turnout is impressive, and voters are desirous to cast their votes.

But the digital capturing device is having a problem and only one person has been able to vote in the election.

A crowd of voters at the polling unit.

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10:58 am: The problem with the bimodal verification device is resolved at Unit 2, Umueze Isuofia in Aguata LGA. Concession is given to the elderly and pregnant women.

10:42 am: Voting is ongoing at the polling unit of Senator Andy Uba in Ugah, Aguata LGA.

A man is about to cast his vote at the polling unit.

10:34 am: Accreditation and voting are ongoing at polling units 10,11,12,13 and 15 located at the Social Center in Amuwo village, Amesi in Aguata LGA. Mr Valentine Ozigbo is expected to vote at one of the polling units.

An elderly man casts his vote at one of the polling units.

10:12 am: At Unit 2, Umueze Isuofia in Aguata LGA, there’s been a problem with the bimodal verification device as the major functions of the device are not working.

These include thumbprint recognition and facial capturing. As of 9:56am, only one of the 717 people registered has been captured and was able to vote. Voters are becoming restless, saying they are already losing confidence in the process.

A crowd of stranded voters at the polling centre.

10:01 am: Electoral officials have just arrived at the polling unit of Senator Andy Uba in Ugah, Aguata LGA.

Electoral officials getting prepared for the exercise.

9:58 am: Electoral officials have just arrived at Otolo Ward 2, Nnofor Hall, Nnewi North LGA. This polling centre is where Senator Ifeanyi Ubah is expected to vote.

Electoral officials getting prepared for the exercise at Otolo Ward 2, Nnofor Hall, Nnewi North LGA.

9:54 am: Voters at the polling unit of Senator Andy Uba in Ugah, Aguata LGA, are still awaiting the arrival of the electoral officials.

However, this man, a civil servant, says he has nothing to worry about as that has always been the situation in the past.

This man says the situation is similar to what happened in past elections.

9:50 am: Accreditation and voting have yet to commence at Otolo Ward 2, Umuenem Hall in Nnewi LGA as electoral officials have just arrived at the polling centre.

According to them, the late arrival is due to the delay in the distribution of materials from the RAC centre at Nnewi High school.

Electoral officials have just arrived at the venue of the election.

9:40 am: The Nnobi Road in Nnewi is deserted as residents remain indoors. There is no vehicular movement, and nobody is seen walking on the road.

A screenshot of a deserted Nnobi Road.

9:34 am: The first vote is cast at Unit 2, Umueze Isuofia in Aguata LGA.

The first voter is accredited before casting his ballot at this polling unit.

9:30 am: Professor Charles Soludo is expected to vote at Unit 2, Umueze Isuofia in Aguata LGA. While electorates trooped in early enough, electoral materials arrived at the venue at about 8:40 am.

No security official was present at the venue as of the time. Accreditation exercise using the new technology of the bimodal verification system seems cumbersome as it takes more than five minutes for a voter to get accredited.

Voters lament that this will negatively affect the speed of the exercise as the closing time for voting is 2:30 pm.

Electoral Officials preparing for the election.

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9:04 am: Voting commences at Unit 10, Amawbia 1, Community Primary School, Amawbia, Awka.


8:31 am: Electoral officials prepare for the exercise at Polling Unit 10, Amawbia I, located within the premises of the Community Primary School, Amawbia in Awka.


8:20 am: Military personnel mount a checkpoint along the Ozubulu Road in Nnewi.

Patrol vehicles of the Nigerian Army are seen at a military checkpoint along the Ozubulu Road in Nnewi.
A soldier stops a car approaching a checkpoint in Nnewi.

8:11 am: At the polling unit of Senator Andy Uba in Ugah, Aguata LGA, electoral officials and security personnel are yet to arrive at the venue of the election.

People were so scared that they took to their heels at the sight of the vehicle conveying Channels Television crew.

Senator Andy Uba is expected to cast his vote here.

7:45 am: At Nnewi North Local Government Area, it’s a quiet morning as the electorate are still enjoying the comfort of their beds while the streets are deserted.

However, a few residents are seen at the front of their houses in clusters while security operatives drive through the streets.

A police patrol van is seen in this screenshot taken on November 6, 2021.

7:12 am: Electoral officials are seen at several polling units in Awka the state capital setting up in preparation for accreditation and voting.

An electoral official pastes the list of registered voters in a polling unit at Community Primary School, Amawbia in Awka.

 

Electoral officials set up a polling unit at Community Primary School, Amawbia, Awka.