Soludo emerges APGA gov candidate in Anambra, faction suspends him

Chukwuma Soludo

A former Central Bank of Nigeria governor Prof. Charles Soludo has emerged candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the November 2021 governorship election in Anambra.

Soludo scored 740 delegate votes to win other aspirants — Damian Okolo, Thankgod Ibeh and Okwudili Ezenwankwo.

Outgoing governor Willie Obiano and other party leaders participated in the primary on Wednesday.

Soludo had unsuccessfully tried since 2010 to get the governorship ticket.

He won the primary conducted by Victor Oye in Awka.

In his acceptance speech, Soludo thanked the people for making it possible, saying it is time to “serve Anambra people.” He also promised to “build on the success of Governor Willie Obiano.”

However, a faction of the party led by Jude Okeke announced that Soludo had been suspended from the party.

The Okeke-led National Working Committe said it was suspending Soludo for anti-party activities.

“The party has also ratified his suspension,” spokesman for the faction Ikechukwu Chukwunyere said in a statement.