Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has again trashed Peter Obi’s strong bid for president as he described Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday as one of the two leading candidates for next year’s presidential election.
Soludo said this at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, Anambra State when Atiku visited him before attending a campaign rally in the state capital.
“You are one of the two frontrunners for the presidency of Nigeria,” he said.
Recall that majority of Southeasterners and the Obedients had massively attacked the former governor Central Bank of Nigeria when he a few weeks back mocked the chances of the Labour Party presidential candidate, claiming that there are only two contenders for the presidency and described others, including Obi, who is from his state, as “exciting drama!”
They had accused him of being jealous of Peter Obi’s bright chances of winning the presidency and selfishly plotting to destroy his own brother, so as to position himself to be president, when it would be the turn of Igbos, according to his own calculation.
“The brutal truth (and some will say, God forbid) is that there are two persons/parties seriously contesting for president: the rest is exciting drama!” Soludo had stated in controversial article, many believed had harmed Soludo, who was before then a shinning political star.
“Nigeria is one great country that, as far as I am concerned, is destined by God to be the largest, most prosperous, and powerful black nation on earth,” the Anambra governor said while welcoming the PDP presidential party.
Mr. Soludo was formerly a member of PDP, but won the governorship election in 2022 on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, benefiting from Peter Obi’s historic legacy as Anambra State governor, analysts say.
Before then, the former Central Bank governor had twice unsuccessfully contested the Anambra governorship.
In any case, Soludo claimed on Thursday that the state is open to receiving all candidates who should sell themselves to the residents of the South-East state.
Anambra should be an open space for all to come and tell the people what they have in stock for them as the 2023 election draw closer, he added.
“Part of what we are asking for is to have a level playing ground for all and that is my own orientation,” he said.
The governor equally appealed to Atiku to address erosion issues in Anambra if he wins next year’s election.
Responding, the former vice president promised to revive industries in the region if elected.
“He (Soludo) said ‘Make sure that you control our erosion because Anambra is the erosion headquarters of the world. Erosion is destroying our farmlands, destroying our houses and everything we have’,” Atiku said.
“This is a very gigantic project. And I promised him I’m going to do that, and you know I have worked with Soludo before, he is a first-class patriotic Nigerian.
“You have an excellent governor. He also appealed to me about the Onisha Port and I said this time around we are going to dredge River Niger and Onisha Port will function.”