Anambra 2021: Ibeto, Innoson endorse professor Soludo for Anambra governor
By Christian Aburime
Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, the All Progressive Grand Alliance governorship aspirant received another major boost on Monday, June 21, 2023 when two major business moguls, Chief Cletus Ibeto, Chairman Ibeto Group of Companies and Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman/CEO Innoson Motors both respectively endorsed him for Anambra governor
The endorsement came when Soludo paid a scheduled visit to Chief Cletus Ibeto at his country home in Nnewi in company of top APGA stakeholders
Soludo who was received warmly by Chief Ibeto said he came to thank him for his support over years. He said his visit to Nnewi is historic as it was the last of his tours in the South Senatorial Zone of the state. He stated that Nnewi has been very pivotal to the prosperity of Igboland with the likes of Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu and other greats emerging from the great town.
The former CBN governor said years back the historical town of Nnewi has been projected as the emerging Japan of Africa adding that the Nnewi spirit which is the Igbo spirit had remained resilient over the years, deferring every obstacles in building the Nnewi Industrial hub in Anambra State.
Soludo told his host that his dream of a prosperous homeland for Anambra state has actually commenced in Nnewi with the vast presence of Industries in the town.
“We will resuscitate our domestic capital in order to attract more foreign capital inflow into Anambra state in our dream to building a great livable homeland for our people” Soludo assured his host
Turning to Chief Innocent Chukwuma who came into the gathering few minutes after Soludo’s arrival, Soludo described Innosons the Nigerian Indigenous car manufacturing giant as ‘our own brand’.
He told the audience that if he becomes governor he will make “Anambra State First” in every government engagements and that he will equally be the chief marketing officer in promoting made in Anambra state.
He stated openly in very clear terms that he will patronise the Innosons brand of cars if he is elected governor of the state to boost economic growth of the land. This assertion drew thunderous applause from the audience
He described the two business giants as representing the ‘never die’ Nnewi spirit that ‘refuses to give excuses for failure ‘but always determined to overcome the odds for success
Responding, Chief Ibeto described Soludo as “somebody that God has been preparing for the people to come and save Anambra state”. He revealed that everyday for the past 8 years himself and Soludo have been discussing on how to develop Anambra State.
He commended Soludo for his economic mantra of “Anambra Product First” saying it will attract more Indigenous businessmen to come to Anambra State to set up industries to boost the economy of the state.
“You are the Nnewi Agenda, We endorse you fully because we have absolute confidence in your abilities. We will come out en mass to support you” Chief Ibeto reassured Soludo
Chief Innocent Chukwuma in his speech said though he is not a politician but he believes absolutely in everything Soludo has said. He described Soludo as a man of quality who is coming to improve on the lives of the people of Anambra.
He reiterated that Soludo remains the ‘Nnewi Agenda’ and an adopted son of the land. He further reassured the visitor that the Nnewi people will come out en mass to support him on his journey to Anambra state Government House
Rounding off the visit, prayers were again rendered for Soludo for God to direct and take absolute control of his governorship project which the people of Anambra State have now
adopted as their own project!