Soludo will repeat CBN-like miracle as Anambra gov –APGA chair

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Victor Oye, says the winner of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, will replicate his successes at the Central Bank of Nigeria when sworn in by March 2022.

He spoke in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Soludo of the prolonged election that ended with a supplementary poll in the 21st local government in the South-East state.

Sixty one-year-old Soludo won with 112,229 votes beating Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes came fourth.

Commenting on the development, the APGA national chairman said, “This is a victory for democracy, not only for APGA but for all Nigerians because INEC has set a pace, an example worthy of emulation.

“The BVAS despite initial hiccups was able to deliver a free and transparent election. That is most important. We are a nation that is on the move to greatness. So, we keep experimenting. The BVAS experiment was worth the while and we are very happy and satisfactory that our efforts paid off eventually.”

Oye said Soludo, a governor at the apex bank between 2004 and 2009, is the best candidate in the just concluded election.

“Our candidate for this election, Chukwuma Soludo, is the best anybody could have had and we are confident that he is going to deliver the dividends of democracy for our people and we hope all Nigerians are happy with us.