Floods: I Join My Voice To That Of Millions Displaced In Ogbaru – Peter Obi

LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

 

Flagbearer for the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi has lent his voice to the cries of millions of persons in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, who were recently displaced by flood. 

In a statement via his Facebook page, the former Anambra governor said he is saddened about the plight of those suffering, and crying out over the recent flood disaster in the area.

Reports suggest that latest flood incidents have submerged communities within Ogbaru, leaving many people and businesses in dire agony, tears and hopelessness.


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While noting that Ogbaru has special needs with flood management and control, Mr Obi said as the then governor, he heeded several SOS calls to the communities over flooding.

The presidential hopeful added that he is glad that Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is carrying out development projects and road constructions within the area.

This Obi said he hopes will alleviate the peoples’ suffering.

He appealed to NEMA, SEMA, and other relevant agencies, as well as charity organizations, and government, to come to the rescue of the people of Ogbaru.

Above all, Obi emphasized that at this moment, the people need shelter, clothing and food.

“We must not abandon them now.,” LP candidate appealed.

Attacks: All Gunmen Caught In Anambra Are Igbo, Says Soludo

A file photo of Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Soludo.

 

Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Soludo on Sunday revealed the identity of gunmen terrorising parts of the state, saying all of those caught are Igbos.

Gunmen have recently unleashed terror in the South-East targeting residents, security operatives, and public infrastructure.

Most of the attacks have been linked to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

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Reacting to the attacks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Soludo said the present administration in Anambra has successfully brought the security threats in the state to the lowest level.

“Let me be clear about it; 100% of the people we have caught are Igbos. It is not about some people invading from somewhere; it is 100% Igbos on Igbos, that is the fact,” the governor said.

“The first set of people we caught were 100 per cent Igbos from other south-east states and none from Anambra.

“But as we went on, we then discovered that a whole lot of the youths who have been taken to these bushes that got indoctrinated and initiated into all these kinds of things also happen to be citizens of Anambra state or indigenes of Anambra.”

Before Professor Soludo took over the leadership mantle in the state, residents of Anambra have been living in fear as hardly would a week pass by without the report of an attack.

He told Channels Television on Sunday that the security situation has greatly improved, and attributed the feat to the efforts of the security forces.

“Giving where things were when we came, we are not saying that Anambra is 100% secured … but everybody in Anambra – the 8.5 million residents of Anambra can testify to you that insecurity in Anambra has come down to the barest minimum.

“Fifteen camps (run by gunmen) here (have been) decimated. Even yesterday (Saturday), some other places (where) they were gathering were decimated; we have degraded their infrastructure and I don’t think they have the capacity again to come with the kind of ferocity they had in the past,” he added.

Gunmen Lack Capacity To Launch Attacks As Usual In Anambra, Says Soludo

 

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra says gunmen no longer have the capacity to carry out deadly attacks as usual in the state.

Soludo, a professor of economics and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), stated this while assessing the government’s performance since he assumed office as the state’s Chief Security Officer.

He told Channels Television on Sunday the present administration in Anambra has successfully brought the security threats in the state to the lowest level.

“Giving where things were when we came, we are not saying that Anambra is 100% secured … but everybody in Anambra – the 8.5 million residents of Anambra can testify to you that insecurity in Anambra has come down to the barest minimum,” he said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“Fifteen camps (run by gunmen) here (have been) decimated. Even yesterday (Saturday), some other places (where) they were gathering were decimated; we have degraded their infrastructure and I don’t think they have the capacity again to come with the kind of ferocity they had in the past.”

Before Professor Soludo took over the leadership mantle in the state, residents of Anambra have been living in fear as hardly would a week pass by without the report of an attack.

A file photo of Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Soludo.

 

In most cases, the assailants target police facilities and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), among other government properties in the state.

Most of the attacks have been linked to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Governor Soludo, who insisted that the security situation has greatly improved, attributed the feat to the efforts of the security forces.

He thanked the security forces and the vigilante groups for their gallantry, as well as the residents for their cooperation in curbing crimes in the state.

“Anambra has been relatively quiet and peaceful, and we are pursuing this agenda,” said the governor. “I would dare to say that if we were to have the statistics over the last three months, I think Anambra will compare favourably as one of the safest comparatively.”

On the identities of those arrested in connection with some of the attacks in the state, he said, “Let me be clear about it; 100% of the people we have caught are Igbos. It is not about some people invading from somewhere; it is 100% Igbos on Igbos, that is the fact.”

Gunmen Set Ablaze Nnewi South LG Headquarters

Buildings at the Nnewi South Local Government headquarters were set ablaze on March 31, 2022.
Buildings at the Nnewi South Local Government headquarters were set ablaze on March 31, 2022.

 

Gunmen on Thursday set on fire the headquarters of Nnewi South Local Government in Anambra State.

Several buildings, including the education office, traditional rulers meeting chamber, works department, were among the facilities torched.

A security man on the premises was also gunned down.

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Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo, who visited the scene of the attack on Thursday, condemned the act.

Governor Soludo described the act as thoughtless and mindless.

Inspecting the level of damage alongside the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Echeng Echeng and the State Director of the Department of State Services, Governor Soludo questioned what could have warranted the destruction of public property.

He assured that the perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law when apprehended

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Soludo’s Election

(FILE) Anambra State governor-elect, Charles Soludo, displays his Certificate of Return issued to him by INEC.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit to invalidate the election of Professor Charles Soludo in the just concluded Anambra State governorship poll.

The suit seeks to nullify the victory of the governor-elect and the deputy governor-elect, Onyeka Ibezim, on allegations that Soludo provided false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Justice Taiwo Taiwo dismissed the suit on Wednesday on grounds that it lacked merit and that it was a waste of the court’s time. He urged the plaintiffs not to use the court as a tool to stagnate democracy.

He also awarded N2 million to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo, and Ibezim who were the second, third, and fourth respondents in the suit. INEC was the first defendant.

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The plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, through their lawyer Kelvin Okoko, claimed that Soludo provided false information in the affidavit he submitted to the electoral umpire.

They also alleged that Soludo indicated in the affidavit that he was contesting the Aguata II Constituency seat when, in fact, he was contesting the governorship seat.

Okoko told the court that an affidavit by Ibezim, also submitted to INEC, contained false particulars considering that he stated that he was vying for Awka II Constituency seat.

He argued that having indicated the wrong seat on the form, Soludo violated extant legal provisions and ought to be disqualified.

But counsel for APGA and Soludo, Onyechi Ikpeazu, queried the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter which he maintained was statue barred.

He stressed that error in an affidavit could not be a basis to disqualify a candidate from an election.

Ikpeazu stated that the false information claimed by the plaintiffs was not among the grounds stated in the 1999 Constitution for the disqualification of a candidate.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Taiwo dismissed the preliminary objection challenging the competence of the suit and jurisdiction of the court to hear it.

He, however, held that the plaintiffs failed to establish that they had a reasonable cause of action and could not convince the court on how the alleged false information both Soludo and Ibezim supplied to INEC misled them.

The judge held that since the allegation by the plaintiffs were also criminal in nature, it ought to be proved beyond reasonable doubt.

He, thereafter, awarded a sum of N2 million cost against the plaintiffs in favour of the APGA, Soludo and Ibezim.

Anambra Election: Ubah Congratulates Soludo, Asks Contestants To Move On

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

The candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Anambra State, Charles Soludo.

Ubah, who represents Anambra South senatorial district, commended Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for his victory in the just-concluded governorship election in the state.

In a statement on Wednesday, the lawmaker stated that he has no plan to challenge the election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

As a result, he asked other contestants in the governorship race to move on and follow suit in the path of honour not to contest the results in court.

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According to Ubah, the journey so far has not been that of roses, but one full of trials, triumphs, ups and downs.

He added that in the face of intimidating challenges and complexities, YPP displayed indomitable courage as the party came fourth in the poll.

The YPP candidate stated that the outcome of the election was not what the party wanted and worked so hard for.

He said while some people have expressed mixed feelings and reactions about the purported anomalies witnessed across numerous polling units, the collective interest of the state must be the paramount focus.

A screenshot taken on November 10, 2021, shows Anambra Governor-Elect, Charles Soludo, after he was declared the winner of the election.

 

Read the full statement by Senator Ubah below:

SENATOR IFEANYI UBAH CONGRATULATES PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO ON HIS ELECTORAL VICTORY.

…APPRECIATES FAMILY, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND STEADFASTNESS.

Umunne M Ndi Anambra,

I have just called the newly elected Governor of our dear State; Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo to congratulate him on his victory at the just-concluded November 6, 2021, Anambra Governorship poll.

To everything, there is a season, so the Holy Bible says.

It is with a heart full of gratitude and submission to the will of God that I address you all today, having enjoyed the unique privilege of earning your support to seek the Governorship office of our dear State Anambra.

The past months have been defining for us in several respects. In the build-up to this election, we were bound together by the will and shared vision that now is the time for our state to chart a new course, to make life better and more meaningful for our people. We unveiled a strategic agenda for a new, better and prosperous Anambra.

After watching the fortunes of Anambra State dwindle for years, we collectively embarked on this journey to translate to reality, the dreams of a better future and shared prosperity for the people of Anambra State. In all, we gave our very best, for conscience and for posterity.

Our journey has not been that of roses. Our journey has been full of trials, triumphs, ups and downs; nonetheless, in the face of intimidating challenges and complexities, we displayed indomitable courage.

Umunne m, this is not the outcome that we wanted and worked so hard for. Although some people have expressed mixed feelings and reactions about the anomalies witnessed across numerous polling units. However, the collective interest of the state must be our paramount focus. Not minding the outcome of the elections, I feel pride and gratitude for this formidable campaign that we waged irrespective of the pervasive security crisis that did not allow us to maximize our full campaign potentials in the nooks and crannies of the State.

Retrospectively, it is incontrovertible to state that our campaign has helped expand the wider narrative of democracy and good governance in Anambra State. In spite of the outcome of this election, our dreams of a better Anambra State remain sacrosanct.

As a Democrat and law-abiding citizen, I wholeheartedly accept the outcome of the election and would like to use this medium to congratulate Prof. Charles Soludo on his victory. It is imperative to state that I do not intend to challenge the electoral results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through any court or judicial process;

(1) APC:43,285

(2) APGA:112,229

(3) PDP:53,807

(4) YPP:21,261

(5) A: 2,054

(6) AA: 83

(7) AAC: 588

(8) ADC: 324

(9) ADP: 773

(10) APN: 301

(11) APP: 139

(12) BP: 186

(13) LP: 2,802

(14) NNPP: 117

(15) NRM: 213

(16) SDP: 842

(17) ZLP: 2,082

(18) PRP: 437

I, therefore, urge my fellow contestants to move on and thread this same path of honour.

Irrespective of all the challenges that we faced; the electoral result proves that YPP is here to stay;

APGA – 19 LGAs

PDP – 1 LGA

YPP – 1 LGA

APC – 0

Therefore, we will work assiduously to ensure that we reposition our party for greater heights.

At this juncture, I want to urge our incoming Governor to conduct Local Government elections and grant full financial autonomy to our LGAs in order for them to bring dividends of democracy to the grassroots. I also want to enjoin Prof. Soludo to always engage Anambrarians in the Diaspora as critical stakeholders. As a commercially viable state, our traders must be supported and given the requisite incentives to grow.

There is an urgent need to adopt a proactive, intelligence-based, and technology-driven approach to tackle the prevailing issue of insecurity in our dear State Anambra through networking and strategic information dissemination.

I urge our Governor-elect to promote rapid Industrialisation and work in harmony with members of the National Assembly in the state so as to harness the instrumentality of the National Assembly to create a synergy between the Federal and State Government. Improved health tourism must also be at the centre stage of his administration’s policy thrust.

Our dear State Anambra is a land of opportunities; a home for everyone and the “Light of the Nation”. It is therefore a point of duty and responsibility to correct the ills of the previous administration and ensure that we remain a centre of opportunities and growth for everyone; a place where Anambrarians can achieve their dreams and aspirations.

To my wife and the children, who had to endure many months, days, and nights without me; I thank you for your love and steadfastness. You will continue to be my pillar of strength.

I salute the men, women and youths who believed and demonstrated their faith by investing their time and resources in my campaign. Thank you for staying the course!

I am immensely grateful to my friends too numerous to mention (home and abroad), party leadership and members, well-wishers and loyal supporters who so generously contributed their time and effort to my campaign during this long election season. I thank you all immensely for your support and encouragement because without your magnanimous inputs we would have never been this daring and impactful. Thank you for the prayers, courage, generosity, and love that I witnessed during this campaign.

I also wish to commend my fellow candidates for their exemplary candour and sportsmanship throughout the course of the campaign.

Conclusively, I have gallantly moved on to the next phase of my life and have forgiven all and sundry, including my trusted allies that worked against me.

As we anticipate with enthusiasm, the start of the next dispensation led by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, I commit the entire leadership and citizenry of Anambra State into the safe hands of the Almighty God, on whose shoulder, the governance of our dear State has rested from the inception.

In all, we reckon and submit to the supremacy of God’s will.

All power belongs to God!

Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah

Anambra South Senatorial District.

November 10, 2021

Anambra Election: I Knew Soludo Would One Day Be Governor, Says Ngige

A file photo of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has congratulated Professor Charles Soludo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) on his victory in the Anambra State governorship election.

Ngige, in a goodwill message on Wednesday, said the victory of the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the poll was well deserved.

“Ndi-Anambra have spoken with this resounding victory,” he said. “Having contested in 2010 with Soludo, who was then the PDP candidate and myself in CAN – an election in which I was ‘awarded’ the second position even though I won outright and Soludo third, I knew that with his tenacity of purpose and drive, he would one day make it to the seat of the Governor of Anambra State.

“It is a case in patience and endurance, an aspiration nurtured to serve the people with all his strength, I seriously believe. Ndi-Anambra I know, will hence, entertain no excuses.

“Much has been given, hence the expectation is very high. Knowing Soludo as I do, however, I have no doubt that our people have made an excellent choice by voting him.”

The minister also congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a free, fair, and credible election, even with the initial hiccups posed by the malfunctioning of the Biometric Voters’ Accreditation (BVAS) system in some places.

A screenshot taken on November 10, 2021, shows Anambra Governor-Elect, Charles Soludo, after he was declared the winner of the election.

 

Ndi-Igbo’s Enemy?

According to him, an opportunity has been offered to INEC to brace up to the challenges posed by the Anambra election, especially with the debut of the BVAS technology for more credible, free, and fair elections in the future.

“At this auspicious juncture, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a glowing national tribute,” said Ngige. “I put on record, that Mr President had on three different occasions, assured through me, that the Anambra governorship election would be free and fair.

“The last of such occasion being on October 14, 2021, when I conveyed the fear and the consternation of the religious leaders, elder statesmen, and traditional rulers of Anambra State, more especially that of his friend, the Archbishop of the Onitsha Metropolitan Province, His Grace, Dr. Valerian Okeke to him in his office.

“Not only did the President ensure a level playing field for all the political parties, he directed all the security agencies to deploy into Anambra to protect and secure voters and electoral workers. A promise kept!”

Ngige added, “Worthy of commendation in this direction, is the professionalism exhibited by the security agencies – the army, police, DSS and the civil defence during the exercise, in compliance with the wish of the President for the good people of Anambra State.

“The election has come and gone, and it is very free, fair, and credible. Mr President has indeed lived true to his assurances to Ndi-Anambra and by this very fact, demonstrated once again that he is no enemy to Ndi-Igbo. What a better value to democracy, than a legacy of credible elections, in which the will of the people reigns supreme. May we, therefore, hail this true democrat!”

‘Let’s Take Anambra To The Moon’: Soludo Hands Olive Branch To Other Contestants

 

The Governor-elect of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, has extended a hand of fellowship to the other contestants in the race, asking them to come together to keep the “spirit of Anambra alive and strong” and collectively “take our homeland to the moon”.

Professor Soludo said this while delivering his acceptance speech at his country home in Isuofia community, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State in the early hours of Wednesday.

He said the outcome of the election reflected the true will and wishes of the people and therefore, thanked everyone for their massive support, promising not to disappoint, but to work in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to take the state to the greatest height.

 

Professor Charles Soludo has been declared tye winner of the Anambra State Governorship election.

 

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There was jubilation in the living room of the governor-elect, moments after he was announced the winner as himself, friends, family, had been waiting with bated breath for the result of the keenly contested election.

Soludo, 61 and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, swept to victory after he secured 112,229 votes from 19 of the 21 LGAs – twice more than his closest rival – PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo.

Ozigbo had 53,807 votes while the other two frontline contenders –  Andy Uba and Ifeanyi Ubah scored 43,285 and 21,261 votes respectively.

Buhari Congratulates Soludo, Urges Him To Tackle Challenges In Anambra, South East

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, as he emerged winner in the gubernatorial election in Anambra State, saying that he looks forward to working with him.

The President also called on the governor-elect, who is a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Committee, to rally other stakeholders to tackle the enormous challenges confronting the state and the Southeast in general.

He said this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

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“President Buhari enjoins Prof. Soludo, member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Committee, to rally other stakeholders to tackle the enormous challenges confronting the State and the Southeast in general.

“The President looks forward to working with the incoming governor for the peace, security and development of not only Anambra State, but the entire country,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari also praised the security agencies for their determination in ensuring that the election went on as smoothly as possible, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the successful conclusion of the exercise despite the initial challenges encountered.

The 61-year-old former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, swept to victory after he secured 112,229 votes from 19 of the 21 LGAs – twice more than his closest rival – PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo.

Ozigbo had 53,807 votes while the other two frontline contenders –  Andy Uba and Ifeanyi Ubah scored 43,285 and 21,261 votes respectively.

Announcing the result of the keenly contested election in the wee hours of Wednesday, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Florence Obi, said: “that Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.

Charles Soludo Wins Anambra Governorship Election

Professor Soludo was the APGA candidate in the election.

 

Professor Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has swept to victory in the Anambra governorship elections, winning 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state.

“That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” said the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Florence Obi, in announcing the outcome on Wednesday morning.

Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (Mr Valentine Ozigbo) and Young Progressives Party (Senator Ifeanyi Ubah) each won a local government.

But the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba, was unable to win any local government in the election.

Soludo, 61, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, secured 112,229 votes, twice more than his closes rival – PDP’s Ozigbo to be returned as winner of the election.

Ozigbo had 53,807 votes while the other two frontline contenders – Uba and Ubah scored 43,285 and 21,261 votes respectively.


VIDEO


Breakdown of votes by the four frontline parties according to LGAs

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

No Retreat

Soludo’s victory comes on the heels of a toughly contested election that spilled into a supplementary poll over security concerns in one of the 21 local government areas – Ihiala.

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As the usual practice, election results were trickling in a day after the election and those from 20 local government areas were collated, except Ihiala.

Party agents, reporters, and observers, among others, had waited until the early hours of the third day (Monday) for a winner to be declared before events took a different turn.

Rather than declaring a winner, Professor Obi announced the suspension of the collation exercise despite announcing the total votes scored by the contenders in the 20 LGAs collated so far.

She went on to announce that a supplementary election should be conducted in the 326 polling units across Ihiala, saying this was in line with the provisions of the Constitution.


Breakdown of votes by all 18 political parties

 

S/NPARTYVOTES
1A2,054
2AA83
3AAC588
4ADC324
5ADP773
6APC43,285
7APGA112,229 (WINNER)
8APM301
9APP139
10BP186
11LP2,802
12NNPP117
13NRM213
14PDP53,807
15PRP437
16SDP842
17YPP21,261
18ZLP2,082
Total Registered Voters2,466,638
Total Accredited Voters253,388
Total Valid Votes241,523
Total Rejected Votes8,108
Total Votes Cast249,631

The former banker was elected as the next Chief Executive of Anambra on his second race to govern the state. He first contested in 2009 on the platform of the PDP.

The build-up to the election was characterised by serious campaigning in an atmosphere filled with security concerns and uncertainty.

Amid these concerns, the Federal Government considered declaring a state of emergency in the state to ensure the poll would proceed as scheduled.

It took the deployment of some 43,000 police officers and hundreds of other security agents, including soldiers for the election to be held.

A police officer wields a gun at a polling unit on November 6, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A policeman wields a gun at a polling unit on November 6, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Soludo’s victory means he will be succeeding Willie Obiano who is in the final months of his second term and that APGA will be retaining power in the state, which it has governed since 2006.

Threats Defied

After weeks of uncertainty and mounting tension, the election held peacefully as the electorate went to their respective polling units to vote for the candidates of their choice, defying security threats.

Observers monitoring the election, however, reported incidents of vote-buying and failure of accreditation devices – Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), among others.

The device failure was also experienced at the governor-elect’s polling unit in Aguata Local Government where he waited for over five hours before he could vote.

A combination of photos capturing the election at different polling units. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

This initially sparked tension at the polling station as just one person out of the 717 registered voters was able to vote, about one and half hours into the election.

Elsewhere, the other frontline candidates voted without any glitch recorded.

Uneasy Quest

In events that led to the election, it was an uneasy quest for Soludo in his journey to succeed Obiano as the next governor of the state.

Following a series of drama accompanied by the crisis within APGA and conflicting judgements resulting from the party’s primary, INEC finally recognised Soludo as APGA candidate and Ibezim Onyekachukwu Gilbert as his running mate on August 19.

This followed a judgement of the Court of Appeal in Kano which set aside the judgement of the Jigawa State High Court on the party’s leadership and nomination of candidates.

More than a month later, APGA officially flagged off its campaign for the election, and Soludo was presented the party’s flag to officially recognise him as its candidate – bringing an end to all disputes relating to the party’s candidacy.


Watch the presentation of Soludo as APGA’s flagbearer below

 


At the event held six weeks before the election, Soludo began his acceptance speech with a song titled ‘Who Can Battle With The Lord?’ after which he thanked the party leaders and members for their support all through the events that led to his emergence as the party’s candidate.

“The next thing that should happen in Anambra will be to consolidate the wonderful works that are ongoing, especially under the 16 years of APGA in Anambra State,” he promised.

VIDEO: Soludo Celebrates Victory, Says It Reflects The People’s Will

 

Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo, has reacted to his victory in the Anambra State governorship election.

Giving his acceptance speech on Wednesday shortly after he was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the governor-elect described the feat as the will of God.

“Let me say that with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the result of the 2021 Anambra governorship election, as declared by INEC,” said Soludo who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

“And this reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and the overwhelming sacred mandate of the people.”

He thanked his wife and children for encouraging him despite their reservations at some point, saying his victory in the election was a result of his perseverance in the last 12 years.

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A screenshot taken on November 10, 2021, shows Anambra Governor-Elect, Charles Soludo, after he was declared the winner of the election.

 

The former CBN governor also thanked the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano; the leadership of APGA, party faithful, as well as the residents of the state for their love and support all through the events that lead to his victory in the poll.

While remembering the three policemen killed by gunmen in the period of the campaign, he extended a hand of fellowship to his co-contenders in the election to move the state forward.

Almost four days after the keenly contested election and a supplementary poll that ensued, INEC finally returned Soludo elected as the winner.

“That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” said INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Florence Obi.

He swept to victory in the election, winning 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state, while the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (Mr Valentine Ozigbo) and Young Progressives Party (Senator Ifeanyi Ubah) each won a local government.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba, could not win any local government in the election.

Soludo, 61, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, secured 112,229 votes, twice more than his closes rival – PDP’s Ozigbo who polled 53,807 votes.

The other two frontline contenders – Uba and Ubah scored 43,285 and 21,261 votes respectively.

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.

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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.