Comrade Arinzechukwu Awogu, Deputy National Coordinator of Soludo Support Group SSG, the Think Tank that projected and marketed the candidacy of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo to Anambra people worldwide has been speaking on the possible emergence of the former Central Bank Governor as APGA flag bearer in the forth coming Anambra guber election slated for November 6, 2021.
_What’s your reaction on the possible emergence of Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo as APGA flag bearer in the Nov 6 guber election?__
We feel good. Coming on the heels of strong conviction of the excellent performance of Gov. Willie Obiano in human and infrastructural advancement of the state such that the bar has been exponentially raised. It follows that a commensurate performer is required to step up to the plate to sustain the momentum and notch it further. The tilting of the majority of Ndi-Anambra towards Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s candidacy not only in emerging as the flag bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), but going ahead to win the November 6th governorship election is gratifying and a dream come true to the pioneers of the Soludo-Project. We are profoundly encouraged by the avalanche of endorsemements trailing Soludo’s candidacy especially when we consider the enormous work we did put in under the auspices of Soludo Support Group (SSG) and United Anambra Youth Assembly/United Anambra Women Assembly two of the 24 interest groups that marketed and projected the candidacy of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo. First, my reaction will be that of satisfaction in seeing that the people of Anambra State are on the same page with us, using the same lens with us to view the person of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo. It only re-emphasizes the fact that we have been right all along in projecting Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, an excellent technocrat who without doubt is the most prepared for the job, and one who perfectly fits into the demands of the Nigeria of today. We at Soludo Support Group under the scintillating leadership of Hon. Chinedum Nwoye (Glamour), mobilized, raised funds and traversed the entire country meeting with Anambra people of all walks of life. We talked, we discussed, we dialogued, and we engaged all well meaning Anambra people in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Abuja and other cities and even in the diaspora and all are in agreement that the time is ripe for a Soludo candidacy. I feel his emergence is timely. I feel so good that our work did not go in vain as APGA is on the verge of choosing the best.
_Talking about Soludo being the best and the most prepared for the job of governing Anambra State… (cuts in)._
Certainly! It will be good to situate the precarious nature of the Nigerian economy of today of which genus like Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s wands are called to duty to help reposition. A slid into economic uncertainties requires organically propelled ingenuity with a resume that is beyond the monthly handout from Abuja. We want to see a paradigm shift in the over dependence on the Federal Allocation as main stake in appropriation and of meeting the yearnings of the people. Prof. Chukwuma Soludo is answered prayer in this sense. Anambra needs a person in the mold of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo who is an expert in developmental economy with the capacity to activate the instrumentalities of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the African Finance Corporation to access grants for the rapid expansion of our economic and infrastructural frontiers without waiting for the dwindling federal allocation.
_You have always spoken eloquently on the candidacy of the man you love to call Prof Cee Cee..what inspires your choice?__
Nigerians know who Prof Soludo is. I may not have to speak for so long to convince anyone. But if I must say something; Soludo is one of the most illustrious sons of Anambra who has proven his mettle in the field of academics with his specialist area in banking and finance and political economics. He is one of Anambra’s best and non of the other contenders have his kind of CV.
_Anambra has more candidates vying for the seat of power from all the parties what chances does Soludo have?_
As you know in every election, there are pretenders and there are contenders. But in all of these I see that he has got no match in the race to the seat of Anambra state power. Check it out by yourself. He is super in character, charismatic, eloquent and vocal, fearless, straight forward, ingenious and futuristic with many other qualities Anambra will benefit from. His towering records of excellence stands him out. What he did for the Nigerian banking industry during his tenure as Central Bank Governor remains unprecedented. It is my firm belief that he will do same for Anambra state. Without mincing words, I see Soludo as a man who will consolidate on the many pillars of development and achievements of Governor Willie Obiano. And I am not alone in this thought.
_Now that he is on the verge of picking the party ticket, what next?_
I must say that the real work begins after the primary election. The task of eventually working for him to emerge as governor come Nov 6, 2021 starts after the primaries and we in SSG and U-AYA are deep in this task quote me.
_Culled from Vanguard_