….Holds Inaugural Stakeholders Meeting
A group under the aegis of Youths Earnestly Seek Soludo (YESS) numbering over one thousand last Sunday mobilized support for the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo (Odenigbo), describing him as most suitable and capable replacement for Governor Willie Obiano come 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.
The maiden Stakeholders’ meeting which had ward, town, Local Government and Zonal coordinators of YESS in attendance attracted the member of Presidential Economic Advisory Council, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
Addressing the gathering, the Convener and the leader of the group, Comrade Nelson Omenugha said the association after a careful study and detailed analysis of political situation in Anambra State decided to queue behind Soludo whom he described as an epitome of excellence, dexterity and resourcefulness.
He explained that the Youths Earnestly Seek Soludo (YESS) Stakeholder group was an organization of men and women who aligned with the ideas and personality of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, and were strongly working towards ensuring his emergence as the next Governor of Anambra State.
Omenugha who is a PhD Candidate of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China said that the Ex-CBN Boss had done a lot in human capital development and deserved to be given a chance, saying that he (Soludo) had all it takes to govern Anambra State.
He enjoined the coordinators to take message of Soludo down to the 326 wards, towns, LGAs and Zones and as well expedite action in mobilizing support for him, adding that the YESS which he described as a movement was out to ensure that Soludo emerged as the next governor of Anambra state.
The former students’ leader advised the youths to shun what he described as food is ready and cash and carry politics and embraced politics of stakeholding which, he said, was all about staking resources, time, energy and intellect to enthrone an individual such as Soludo.
‘We are here to market a brand; Prof.Chukwuma Charles Soludo is a brand. He is a sellable product. He is refined, exposed, super intelligent. We are here on self conviction. No one is paying us a dime. We are here because we believe in Soludo. People are here because they want to be part of this project.
‘Our mission is to ensure that Prof. C. C. Soludo takes over the mantle of leadership from Governor Willie Obiano after he must have completed his tenure. Our vision is to see him bring his overwhelming expertise in the governance of Anambra State,’ Omenugha concluded.
For his part, the Rector of Holy Family Youth Village, Amansea, in Awka Nortj Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Obielosi urged YESS members to hold firmly and tenaciously to the movement, describing Soludo as a gift to Ndi Anambra.
Contributing, the priest In-charge of St. Andrew’s Parish (Anglican Communion), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area, Rev. Kingsley Chukwukamma said that he came beacuse the name Soludo was mentioned, saying that he (Soludo) has the solution to financial quagmire and appealed to him to consider the pleas from YESS members.
Responding Prof. Soludo who was on transit and decided to breeze in and listened to the yearnings of the youths, said he was overwhelmed with joy seeing Anambra Youths asking him to come and lead them, noting that he was still consulting with all the relevant stakeholders, adding that if at the end of his consultation and decided to run, he would not hesitate to make it public.
‘I am speechless. Seeing this crowd gladdens my heart. Seeing people like you clamouring for me to come and run shows that there is something you think I possess and want me to bring it out. I am happy that you people are asking me to come and contest. I am highly honoured. I want to tell you this, it is the Idea you sell that will change people’s lives and turn society around. I have enough ideas to sell.
‘As a group we can sing a new song. I appreciate YESS slogan which says “It is Possible”. My Agenda will be a collective project. I want all of you to make an input collectively and individually.
‘Youths are the future and leaders of today not leaders of tomorrow. At 32 I have met the criteria to be a Professor. Together we shall get there and collectively put the state on the map.
‘Let’s synthesize our contributions, it will be the people’s agenda while we provide visionary leadership. I’m inviting the youths to work with me, not for me. Let’s work hand in hand. The easier part of it is to get there, the hardwork begins after the fight is won.
‘The women of Anambra State deserve more than 35% affirmative action because they are very competent. I am so excited seeing you people. I have so much to say but I am restraining myself from getting into the real deal. We are following a due process.
‘When I came up with my transformation and consolidation agenda many Nigerians said it is impossible but I came and turned things around.
Soludo who told a story of how he became the Governor of Central Bank and how he served two presidents of Nigeria (Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Late President Umaru Musa Ya’radua) and came out unscathed said the two presidents wrote personal commendation letters to him for a job well done.
Talks, interaction, question and answer, presentation of YESS materials to Professor Soludo, group photograph formed the highpoints of the occasion.
By Abuchi Onwumelu