Soludo best person to succeed me, says Obiano

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Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has said Prof. Chukwuma Soludo is the best person to succeed him.

He spoke at the weekend at Isuofia Civic Centre, at the 2021 New Yam Festival of Isuofia community in Aguata Local Government.

Soludo is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the party ruling Anambra in the past 16 years.

Obiano said Soludo, a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, has the intellectual capacity, local and international contacts and other qualities required to serve as the governor.

He recalled the ingenuity of Soludo as the then CBN boss to come up with the bank N25 billion consolidation fund policy, noting that the step ended the problem of failed commercial banks.

He said he was convinced that if elected as the next governor, Soludo would introduce a lot of policies and programmes that would make Anambra stand out as a reference point among other states.

The governor hailed the Isuofia community for recognising the roles of their son, Soludo, in reconciling feuding groups in the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Soludo was crowned with the chieftaincy title of “Dike Udo Isuofia” (Strong Man of Peace in Isuofia) by the traditional rulers of the six communities of Isuofia clan.

Soludo, who was elated by the recognition, said what the Isuofia people did was opposite of a popular saying that a prophet was with honour except in his community.

“I must first thank God, Governor Obiano and his wife Ebelechukwu, the six communities that make up Isuofia and numerous dignitaries that gathered here for today’s New Yam Festival.

“My people have demonstrated that I have honour and this is in addition to the honour the leader and entire membership our party, APGA, accorded me by electing me the governorship candidate for the November 6 poll.

“My promise is that I will not fail you and the state. But all my appeal today is that everybody must support this governorship project by ensuring that we get our INEC voters cards,” he said.

Chief Jude Okeke, the president general of Isuofia People’s Assembly, said the community used this year’s New Yam Festival to bestow honour on Soludo due to his roles in resolving crisis that had affected the town.