Charles Soludo: ‘Former poor boy’ wins APGA guber primary in Anambra

Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says he is a “poor boy” that has been favoured by God.

Soludo stated this during his acceptance speech on Wednesday, after winning the Anambra governorship primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

He secured 740 votes, out of the 795 votes cast in the primary election that took place in Awka, the Anambra capital.

During his acceptance speech, the former governor noted that he decided to come home and serve his people with the wealth of experience he has acquired.

He called on members of the party to come together in order to ensure APGA takes the state to another level, adding that he will continue on the progress made by Willie Obiano, the current governor of the state.

“To our beloved, amiable people of Anambra, I say here I come. I’m a poor boy whom God has lifted and gifted. To the glory of God, I reached the peak of my career in my 30s,” he said.

“As a poor village boy, who has been specially blessed by God, I desire to give back to society through selfless public service.

“I hope to deploy all global and national experiences, networks, as well as the local experience and knowledge as a village boy to make you proud.

“As members of APGA, we should be very proud of moving Anambra from level to level. Do you ever want to change a winning team? Anyway, we will have an opportune time to engage those who said Anambra is not moving. Anambra is getting better. We also need to consolidate to get better and better.”

The former CBN governor noted that the “battle” for the Anambra governorship election on November 6 is “the Lord’s”, and expressed optimism that the party will win.

“At the last election, APGA won 21 out of 21 LGAs, and 80 percent of the seats at the state house of assembly. But we won’t take any vote for granted. We will work hard to earn every vote. We will triple our efforts and campaign everywhere,” he added.

“Once again, let me thank you all for this overwhelming mandate and to say finally, the battle going forward is the Lord’s. And I want to ask, ‘Who can battle with the Lord?’”


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