The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Chukwuma Soludo has made known his intention to contest in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election.
According to a report by The Cable, Soludo declared his interest in the race on Thursday, February 18, in Awka, the capital of the state. The apex bank’s former boss said if given the mandate, he will consolidate on the economic reforms of Governor Willie Obiano through his international network. The famous technocrat will be contesting for the governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Soludo said he will lead APGA to victory in the Anambra guber election. He praised Obiano for his impressive work to reduce the rate of poverty in the state, an effort which he said has been recognised by the Federal Bureau of Statistics. He said: “In 2010, Federal Bureau of Statistics conducted a survey and said the poverty rate in Anambra was 53 percent. “In 2020, it conducted another survey and said poverty rate had gone down to 14.7 percent, what else can you use to measure good governance. “Anambra is doing well under Obiano and my mission is to continue and complete all the legacy projects of the governor.”
Meanwhile, Celestine Okoye, a newly retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), on Wednesday, February 10, registered as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra. Okoye joined the party at his polling unit of Ward 3, Awka, in the Awka South local government area. Confirming his new membership in the party, the former DIG said: “Anambra state and the southeast cannot continue to be in the opposition. Anambra and the Igbo need to be at the centre of what is happening in Nigeria. “I’m interested in the area of strategies on how to win the election and bring Anambra APC to the centre.