Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has described the candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof Charles Soludo, as the most unsuitable person to govern Anambra State.
However, APGA said ZLP was scared of Soludo’s pedigree.
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A statement issued on Sunday by the spokesman for ZLP Campaign Council, Afam Dozie Ofomata, said Soludo lacked the pedigree and credibility to be governor of the state.
According to him, “it is public knowledge that Soludo has never had anything to offer Anambra.
“Prof. Soludo cannot comfortably point to any landmark project for the benefit of Anambra people in his five years as Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor, even a project as ordinary as a hospital he raised money for in memory of his mother is abandoned.”
He said instead of Soludo to address the issue, he chose to engage in talking down on honest and hardworking Anambra people to the extent of asserting that the compatriots who strived to attain the level of First School Leaving Certificate or WAEC are not fit to govern the state.
According to him, it is ridiculing that Soludo would allow himself to become a political puppet of outgoing Governor Wille Obiano to sustain his failed leadership in Anambra State.
“In congratulating the former CBN governor, we note his happiness in becoming the political son of outgoing Governor Obiano and his willingness to be used to detain Anambra State on the tortuous road of failed leadership and disdain for public interests,” he said.
He said that it was clear that Soludo does not fit into the mould of the leader Anambra people yearn for in this election.
According to him, if Soludo does not see the sorry state that Anambra has degenerated, then he has no business aspiring to be governor of the state, noting that any genuine ambition to serve the people should be predicated on itemising the problems and recommending workable solutions.
“In any case, we know that Prof. Soludo is no match for our candidate, the people’s candidate, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, a humble, honest, highly resourceful, practical, successful administrator and businessman, who is loved by the Anambra people and has continued to bestow and empower them in many sectors of life,” he said.
Reacting, Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr Don Adinuba, said Prof Soludo had done many good things for the state only that he is not a noisemaker who shouts about his kind gestures.
According to him, Soludo built the CBN in Awka which he claimed had provided many jobs for the people of the state.
Adinuba, who is among Soludo’s campaign directors, also said that Soludo had trained many youths in the state in various universities across the world and had done much for the people of the state.
On the issue of being a puppet, he said that Soludo was a highly educated and independent-minded person who, against every pressure, transformed the national banking sector in the country.
According to him, none of the people contesting the governorship of the state is a match for Soludo, adding that November 6, will tell.
“In Anambra today, everybody is talking about Soludo, including those who are against him.
“This means that Soludo is a household name in the governorship race,” he said.