By Ononye VC
Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh, has sent jitters in Anambra political arena following his declaration of former Central Bank Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, as the party’s candidate for the November 6, 2021 governorship election in the state.
Umeh made the declaration when he hosted Soludo and his campaign team during the week in his country home, Aguluzigbo, Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.
According to the former National Chairman of APGA, the State Governor Chief Willie Obiano, has also endorsed Soludo as the party’s flag bearer come November 6, 2021.
He said: “The governor’s endorsement was the outcome of a private meeting I had with him recently on the choice of a candidate for the party in the forthcoming primaries scheduled to hold on 23rd June, 2021.
“What people had been insinuating on the position of the governor has been put to rest, other aspirants should respect the governor’s decision.
“I am supporting the candidacy of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, because Governor Willie Obiano, has endorsed him to fly the party ticket.
“Governor Obiano called me and told me to inform all party members in the state, including delegates for the party’s primarìes to back the candidacy of Soludo if APGA must continue in Anambra State.
So, I urge members to support the wish of the governor.
”Besides the governor’s call, I personally have love for Soludo, since his journey into Anambra politics. He was to be the next Governor after Mr Peter Obi in 2013 but because APGA believes in equity, fairness and justice, the governorship slot was zoned to Anambra North that produced Chief Willie Obiano through my effort as the National Chairman of the party then.”
While appealing to card carrying members of the party to support and ensure Soludo wins, he observed that the party has zoned the ticket to Anambra South where former CBN Governor hails from.
Umeh added: “As a political veteran who has been in the system for more than 20 years, I think at this point, I should know who the cap fits in the state. I and my supporters are for Soludo. There’s no body language in this.
“The majority of APGA leaders are strongly behind you to emerge as the flag bearer of the party.”
In his speech, Soludo hailed Senator Umeh and his supporters for their support.
He pledged to carry all party members along in his administration if given the opportunity to govern the state.
Earlier in a remark,,Senator Umeh noted that Professor Soludo is an experienced expert who can best manage Anambra Economy.
He harped on the need for APGA to unite and form a common front for the interest of the party, the state and Ndi Igbo in general.
Senator Umeh noted that with the test run of flights at the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport, Umueri, which he described as the seal of Governor Obiano’s great achievements, Anambra needs a man with capacity to consolidate and take Anambra state to greater heights.
Responding, Professor Soludo while thanking Senator Umeh guests for their support pleaded for the support of all APGA stakeholders to enable him win the primaries, and the gubernatorial elections.
He noted that APGA is the only means Ndi Igbo can negotiate for national power pointing out the need to sustain the party.
The event attracted both federal and state lawmakers including the Speaker, Anambra state house of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Uchenna Okafor, Member Representing Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Honourable Dozie Nwankwo, Immediate past Representative of Idemili North and South Federal Constituency Honourable Ifeanyi Ibezi among others.
Other guests include some Anambra state Exco members including the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, The Chief of Staff to Governor Obiano, Chief Primus Odili, The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Barrister Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Chief Dr. Uche Nworah, APGA BOT members, Transition Committee Chairmen from various local government areas in the state, and various support groups.