By Dr Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp
In all his previous gubernatorial outings, it is on record that the former CBN governor Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo never contested primary elections; always had his ways of getting a consensus nod, and running away with party ticket. Same move he strategically reintroduced, reinstated, and fraternized with some cabals who are hell-bent on marketing his wares. But, the latest developments in the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA appeared to have demystified the conservative politician, and have opened up vista of opportunities for the guber aspirants to jostle for the party’s guber ticket. It may no longer be business as usual, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo will likely face the ballot at the party primaries. He was overheard suggesting to the party leaders to adopt an Option-A4, whatever that means, appeared alien to the APGA’s legal instrument, the constitution.
In 2010 governorship election, Soludo was said to have been endorsed by members of the National working Committee(NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP led by its National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, along with that of Senator Emma Anosike as his running mate. Their emergence followed a secret meeting of the NWC which was held for the purpose of picking the candidate as a result of the inability of the party to successfully conduct its state primaries. The party had to relocate to a secret venue to meet and finally came out with a name of its candidate(Soludo).The party attempted to encourage the 47 aspirants to agree on a consensus candidate among themselves but this move also hit the rocks. Soludo armed with the PDP guber ticket ran to the polls and crashed.That unpopular decision of the scandalous “imposition” still hunt PDP Anambra till date.
Fast-forward to 2021, Prof Soludo(Goliath) is at it again, presently, he is said to be lobbying the APGA Leadership to hand-pick and super impose him on the party delegates as a consensus candidate, but the APGA “David” Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo had changed the narrative when he courageously declared his intention to succeed Governor Willie Obiano. Nwankpo is the first APGA Guber aspirant to visit the state Exco members at the secretariat where he publicly and officially declared his intention to vie for the office of the governor.
The infamous plot by some cabals to impose Prof Soludo on the party has failed as APGA continues to witness more politicians borrowing a leaf from Nwankpo, declaring their intention to be part of the guber race. In quick succession, two serving federal lawmakers Hon Chukwuma Umeoji, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo threw their hats in the ring, followed by notable party stalwarts Chief Thankgod Ibe, Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu, Hon Melie Onyejepu, Anambra State Lawmaker Hon Gozie Smart, and others.
Recently, events leading to the massive campaign urging the party leadership not to adopt Prof Soludo as a consensus candidate, have set the stage for the battle of APGA guber ticket.
Bookmakers, pundits have posited that Prof Soludo the “Goliath” will have Chief Nwankpo the “David” to contend with at the APGA gubernatorial primary election. Whilst other APGA governorship aspirants are not relenting effort, they are equally demanding for a level playing ground.