The governor-elect of Anambra state, Prof. Charles Soludo has declared that outgoing Governor Willie Obiano did not give him any condition to make him his successor under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Soludo clarified the backdrop of allegations that Governor Willie Obiano gave him conditions that he accepted some conditions presented to him by Obiano before he would be elected as governor of the state.
Speaking during a thank-you visit by leaders and members of Old Aguata Union to Governor Obiano at his Aguleri country home in Anambra East Local Government area, Prof. Soludo said Obiano had no interest in any condition and had not discussed such conditions with him, during and after the primary or the governorship election.
According to him, “Governor Obiano’s interest is to project Anambra high. His obsession is to ensure that I continue with the good works he has done in the state. My deputy and I will work hard, every minute of the day to make him proud and make Anambra proud too.”
“I say thank you a billion times for your support. There would have been a dozen and one reason to walk away from me, but you were resolute. Your expectations to make Anambra proud must be met.”
He pointed out that, “Some believed that APGA would die in his administration, but God intervened.”
Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor who joined Soludo on the visit, charged Prof. Soludo to ensure that he sustains the tempo of development in the state and continues with the legacies of the Obiano administration.
Ezeokafor, who is also a member of the OAU, called for maximum collaboration between the outgoing administration and the incoming one.
Also, the traditional ruler of Enugwu Umuoyia Community, Igwe Nnebechukwu Ezeamama, who also doubles as the Chairman, OAU Traditional Rulers Council, commended Gov. Obiano for choosing the best candidate from OAU.
The wife of the former Vice President, Dr. Ifeoma Ekwueme, thanked God for the victory of APGA, irrespective of the turmoil that the opposition planned to distort the election.
National Vice President of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Okeke Ogene said the election and victory of Prof. Soludo have raised the pride of the Igbo globally.
One described Gov. Obiano as a giant achiever, adding that he (Obiano) had completed lofty projects in the state, such as the Anambra airport, the stadium, and the international convention center, which would be completed before the end of his tenure.