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Like Soludo, like Pastor Ize-Iyamu of Edo State

By Eneh Victor Chigozie

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There is no difference between what happened in Edo state governorship election last year and what’s happing in Anambra state governorship election scheduled for November 6.

In Edo State, Pastor Ize-Iyamu was the candidate of PDP in Edo state governorship election in 2016. He was the preferred candidate and choice of many.

But at the end of that election, he lost and quickly crossed over to APC, the ruling party in the state.

The same thing happened to Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo in 2010. He was the most preferred candidate of PDP in 2010.

He was the ordained by Villa to go and take over Anambra state. But because Soludo has NO electoral value, he failed the party primaries.

Those who came from Abuja led by ex-Governor Gabriel Suswan of Benue State to impose him on PDP Anambra state were overwhelmed.

They claimed the primaries didn’t hold and returned to Abuja.

Surprisingly, Presidency hijacked the situation and announced Soludo as the PDP candidate for Anambra state 2010 governorship election.

At the end of that election, despite all the executive fiat and Abuja support, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo lost. He came 3rd.

And like Pastor Ize Iyamu of Edo state, he quickly crossed over to APGA, the ruling party in the state.

We all know what happened at Edo State governorship election last year. Pastor  Ize Iyamu bought his way and became the godson of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Everything was done for him to emerge the APC candidate including disqualification of other leading aspirants.

Finally they had their way and he became the candidate of APC, but ndi Edo were vigilant.

They ambushed them at the polling booths and ensured that both the godfather and the godson were roundly defeated.

That ended the noise of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and brought shame to Pastor Ize Iyamu.

Here in Anambra, the same scenario is gradually playing out. Prof Soludo is desperate.

He descended so low and made himself so cheap for those who are desperate to emerge the new godfathers of Anambra state Politics. Everything is being done to impose him on APGA.

They assured him of ticket and that’s why he is not even meeting party leaders and delegates like other aspirants. He is waiting for the ticket to be delivered to him at Isuofia by June.

The Aguleri cabal has boasted and in total control of everything APGA including placing ban on other aspirants from going to the party office at Awka for official declaration.

From what we gathered they also have plans to disqualify all other candidates for Soludo to emerge.

While these anti-democratic processes are going on, ndi Anambra like ndi Edo are watching.

Like the failed godfather in Edo, this Aguleri cabal will be embarrassed at the polls on November 6.

Prof Soludo has shown he has no capacity to run an election. He has also shown he is not a man of his own.

In 2010, he did not contest for the primaries of PDP. He was imposed from Abuja.

This time around, he doesn’t want to contest for APGA primaries. He wants to be imposed and announced from one hotel at Aguleri.

The same way Adams Oshiomhole was pushing Ize-Iyamu from pillar to post is the same way the Aguleri cabal is tossing Soludo.

But on November 6, their cards will shatter.

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