How Soludo will govern Anambra State with team of rivals

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Prof. Chukwuma Soludo

PROF. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has given an inkling  into the style of governance he will adopt to hasten development of Anambra State as he assumes office as the governor of Anambra in March 22.

From his statement so far, it appears Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, will not adopt the attitude of the winner takes all that is prevalent in modern day Nigeria. Instead the governor elect intends to run an all inclusive government that will borrow ideas from his defeated rivals in the race to the government house of Anambra State.

According to the governor elect, he will base his government on  a team of rivals, the model of government adopted by celebrated former American President late Abraham Lincoln.

Soludo made this known on Wednesday, November 11,  stating he would harness ideas from political rivals and bringing them on board to run a government of robust and expansive ideas, geared towards not only healing the wounds of political hiccups, but getting all hands on the deck for the common good.

“Regarding my fellow contestants, I’ve received calls and spoken to quite a number of them. Even before the announcement, I had received calls from Akachukwu Nwampo. Not only that he called, he issued a statement on Monday supporting us and he voted for us yesterday. My friend Obiora Okonkwo also called and said he was also going to issue a statement.

“I’ve also tried to reach out to some of them. I called Val Ozigbo and it rang out and I sent him a text two nights ago before the rerun of yesterday. I have also called Andy Uba and sent him a text. I have also started reaching out to the candidates. I’ll keep reaching out to each and everyone of them.

“This is because that’s my experience. When I ran before, I was probably the first candidate of a major political party in Nigeria, who immediately after an election, even when the candidate declared winner himself, said the election was a sham, I congratulated him and wished him well and walked away, because it is not worth it. If you want to serve, there should be no sense of desperation about it. I’m a person who believes in divine will. That’s to that.

“I’m reaching out to everyone. Let’s come together. In this task, there’s enough room for everyone to serve in various capacities, in various ways. That is the spirit. That is the spirit of doing it. In APGA, I was disqualified, quote and unquote - disqualified in 2013 from running. But I remained in the party and supported the current governor massively as my friend, as the governor of my state and the leader of my party, so to speak.

“I think that’s the spirit. Even when Peter Obi was there, I supported him, attended his events. I believe that’s the spirit. It’s about service. The job ahead will have to involve everyone. For me, my hand of fellowship is out and I’ll reach out to them to come with their own ideas; because I have my manifesto already out as my contract with the Anambra people. But then, when it comes to the execution of it, it will still benefit better, seeking other ideas, other refinements and other nuances and focus and so on and so forth.

“We are stronger together. When you aggregate all the different ideas and perspectives of the different candidates who offered themselves to serve the people, we can only be bigger. I am looking forward to having that team - remember the book? Team of Rivals - the kind of team Abraham Lincoln put together after his election. So, I’m looking forward to an all-inclusive government.

“My major focus is value. Everyone who has something to offer the people of Anambra, everyone who can help us solve the problems of the people of Anambra, is welcome and will be given the opportunity to come and solve those problems. It’s about problem-solving, it’s about value addition, value creation for these people, for us to create that livable and prosperous homeland, to become that industrious and technology leisure hall of West Africa that we envision.”

“So, we need everybody. As I said, I’ve started reaching out to all of them for us to come together as brothers in the Anambra way, in the Anambra spirit. In Anambra, we don’t play politics of bitterness. We fight hard. During elections we go to court and do everything to win. But after the election, it’s weekend now, we’ll all be together at traditional marriages and funerals exchanging banters and sharing drinks. That is the Anambra spirit.”

Realnews reports that Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was declared the winner of the November 6, guber election after the conclusion of the supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on November 10.


- Nov. 11, 2021 @ 2:49 GMT /

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