The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APGA) in the November 6 Anambra election, Prof. Charles Soludo has warned riggers to stay off the election for “Anambra is not Imo.”
Soludo who spoke at the weekend in Lagos while presenting his 72-page Campaign Agenda to Anambra people in Lagos said told those who had perfected plans to rig the election as they did in Imo State to have a rethink.
Soludo who spoke at the weekend in Lagos while presenting his 72-page Campaign Agenda to Anambra people in Lagos, said the state was peaceful for over seven years but six months to the election, “those who want to write result are causing violence to create the impression of insecurity so as postpone or hijack the election.
“We want to tell them: It is not possible. The election must be held because Anambra is not Imo,” said Soludo who was accompanied by a former national chairman of the party, Mr. Victor Umeh.
Soludo, whose agenda covers all sectors including infrastructure, education, healthcare, agriculture, environment, tourism, erosion control, and job creation among others, how they would be done and sources of funding, said his goal is to make Anambra prosperous and livable.
He also spoke on agitations and rising insecurity in the southeast, saying the solution lies in dialogue and provision of job opportunities.
He said the best way to achieve that was to continue the policies and programmes of the APGA governments that had controlled the state for 16 years starting with Mr. Peter Obi up to the incumbent governor, Mr. Willie Obiano.
According to him, one of the reasons for the unrest in Anambra State and in other parts of the southeast is the massive unemployment in the region.
“Our answer to these unrests is prosperity and job creation. Once there are jobs everywhere, all of those people will come out of the bushes and do something productive with their lives,” he said.
Thereafter, he said he had been at the forefront of the Igbo cause right from when the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Mr. Ralph Uwazurike, was detained by the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo and when the leader of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MOSOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, was first arrested in 2017.
“Let me remind us that I have been championing the cause of Igbo. In 2017, when Nnamdi Kanu was refused bail, I led 12-prominent personalities from Igboland including Professor Pat Utomi to Kuje Prison, where we facilitated his release. I was the one that addressed journalists after the visit and a few days later, he was released. By that time, I did not know him.
“We need a platform where Igbo will be in the forefront and not at the rear and APGA is the platform. The welfare of the southeast can be achieved through proper dialogue and negotiation and not by arms struggle and destruction of life and property,” he said.
He added that he would continue to protect the interest of Igbo in all their endeavours and incorporate it into his administration, especially in making public policies.
He said APGA was striving for high speed development and the provision of basic infrastructure that will make Anambra the Dubai and Singapore of Africa.
On insecurity and agitations in the South-East, Soludo said: “Yes, there are agitations and I respect them. But dialogue is the answer. They must dialogue; Igbo and Nigeria. That will settle it once there is an organised platform, where the Igbo will be in front seat.”