Hon. Aforka, Orumba North, endorses Soludo for governor
By Christian Aburime
The gale of endorsements and acceptance across all the political zones in Anambra State for Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s governorship ambition further grew bigger yesterday with the endorsement of Hon. Emeka Aforka, Deputy Majority Leader, Anambra House of Assembly and the entire Orumba North political zone
Hon. Emeka Aforka who hosted Prof Charles Soludo at his Ndiowu country home in Orumba North in company of other political gladiators, top government officials, clergymen and teeming supporters said it was a great honour to receive Soludo in his humble abode with the entire Orumba North political leaders and supporters
Hon. Aforka who said it was necessary to put the records straight, recounted his political journey in the politics of Anambra State and the evolution of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the State. He affirmed that APGA has remained firmly rooted in the state beginning from the era of former Governor Peter Obi to the incumbent, Willie Obiano.
He reiterated that Orumba North has always been one of the strongholds of the party and it shall continue to be so.
Speaking about Soludo’s candidacy in the forthcoming APGA primary and the main governorship election, Hon. Aforka emphatically said the entire Orumba North political zone believes in Soludo and will therefore give him their full mandate in his governorship ambition
Hon. Aforka described Soludo as an internationally recognized personality who wouldn’t need any formal introduction to the global community having excelled so well in consulting and working for some of the best known institutions and organisations across the globe
“We believe in you and you remain a source of pride and honour to the people of Anambra State and Ndigbo and to the nation, Nigeria,” Hon. Aforka said
Hon. Aforka further eulogized Soludo saying he created security and safety of funds for Nigerians as CBN Governor with his banking revolution in the financial sector of the economy. He also praised Soludo for the millions of jobs he created directly and indirectly after the successful banking consolidation exercise in the country.
He affirmed that Soludo can replicate this success template in Anambra State if he becomes the governor. He called on the political leaders and supporters to close ranks and massively support Soludo for both the APGA primary and governorship election in November
He re-assured Soludo of his unalloyed support and full endorsement including the Orumba North political zone for his governorship bid.
Hon Aforka also praised the dynamic leadership of Governor Willie Obiano and the legacy projects he initiated and built in Anambra State in a record time
Also speaking at the occasion, Chief (Mrs) Ifeoma Ekwueme, wife of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, said she was delighted to be at the event. She said though as a PDP member she was at the event to support Soludo whom she described as a political son of her late husband, Dr Alex Ekwueme. She revealed that Soludo has equally supported her husband political activities right from his days at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
She told the audience that Dr Alex Ekwueme would have done exactly the same thing she is doing if he was alive.
She appealed to everyone present at the event and all the political leaders in the state to give Soludo all the support to become the next governor of the state
The carnival-like arrival of Hon. Chinedu Obidiegwe, member representing Anambra East and West Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives with his teeming supporters further added glamour to the event. In his speech, Hon Obidiegwe called for massive support for Soludo stressing that in this difficult times with the dwindling allocations from the Federation Accounts, Anambra needs somebody like Soludo who can help steer the ship of the state in the right economic direction.
He also reiterated that all the legacy projects Governor Willie Obiano has put in place needs someone who can galvanize them into greater economic benefits for the state and the people of Anambra State
Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo in his responds, thanked his host Hon. Emeka Aforka for the warm and elaborate reception accorded him and the entire Orumba North Supporters for their support and endorsement for his governorship ambition.
He reiterated that APGA will continue to remain the dominant political party in Anambra State and all the South East states because it is the credible platform for Ndigbo. He said he will continue to remain in APGA to contribute to its growth
Soludo recounted the overwhelming support he has continued to receive from the people of Anambra spanning three years of fierce clamour and agitations for him to join the gubernatorial race from over 24 Support Groups has been an unprecedented experience yet to be witnessed in the political history of the state
He again emphasized on the economic benefits of Governor Willie Obiano’s legacy projects which include the Anambra Passenger and Cargo Airport, the International Conference and the Awka City Stadium as deserving high commendations
Soludo told the audience that his mission is to build on Obiano successes by further creating wealth that will engender greater economic development in the state
He thanked Hon. Emeka Aforka and all the dignitaries at the event for their support and the high confidence reposed in him. He promised to live up to expectations when he eventually becomes the governor with their support
Other high profile personalities who spoke at the event include; Hon (Sir) Ifeatu Obiokoli, Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor; Chief (Mrs) Ify Obinabo, Orumba North LGA Chairman and many others
It will be recalled few days back that Hon Charles Chinwendu Odedo, a two term Federal House of Representatives member, led thousands of Supporters mainly from APC and other political parties in Idemili South and North LGA to join APGA in Support of Soludo, a day after, the former APGA National Chairman, Chief (Sir) Victor Umeh, (Ohamadike) also endorsed Soludo by hosting him to a grand reception in his Aguluzoigbo country home
Some political analysts of Anambra politics are of the opinion that Soludo is now the ‘beautiful bride’ in Anambra politics with the unending endorsements constantly coming his ways from various political quarters
The analysts have therefore predicted that with the current trend more endorsements are likely to come in the coming days as the political permutations in the state is becoming clearer by the day and taking proper shape
The Anambra governorship election is billed to hold on November 6, 2021; while the APGA primary will hold on June 23, before the governorship election
Other dignitaries at the event include: the Igwe of Nanka, HRH Igwe Ezeilo (Obu-Nanka); Hon Emeka Ezenwanne, Commissioner for Public Utilities, Anambra State, Hon Sonny Ozobialu, Hon Titus Anigbogu; Hon Chinedu Glamour Nwoye and many others