Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra, claims that if elected, he will produce 1,000 millionaires per year.
He made the pledge at the official launch of his campaign in Awka on Saturday, ahead of the governorship election in Anambra on November 6.
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According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), used the event to formally present his manifesto.
NAN also reports that the official launch of Soludo’s campaign comes just 41 days before the election, and is the first official launch by any of the 18 political parties fielding candidates.
Soludo stated that the manifesto was a well-thought-out document with everything in it for the overall transformation of Anambra.
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“If I am elected as the next governor, my administration will produce 1,000 young millionaires every year.
“By the grace of God, the next APGA government will ensure that 130, 000 jobs are created in Anambra every year,” he promised.
Soludo, flanked by his running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Ibezim, stated that his vision is to ensure that no child born in Anambra leaves the state in search of greener pastures elsewhere.
Gov. Willie Obiano, who also spoke, stated that he was proud to have Soludo as a potential successor, adding that the former CBN governor possessed the pedigree and contacts to propel Anambra to the next level.
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Obiano, who listed his signature projects as the Anambra Airport, the 12, 000-seat International Conference Centre, and the Awka Stadium, said he was confident Soludo would outperform him.
“The previous APGA government did well, my government performed better, and I hope Soludo will be the best if elected,” he said.
Obiano predicted that with Soludo as its candidate, the APGA would win by a landslide.
Dr. Victor Oye, National Chairman of the APGA, who presented Soludo with the party’s flag, stated that the party was determined to win the election.
According to NAN, other speakers at the event included Mrs. Ifeoma Ekwueme, wife of Nigeria’s first executive vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, and Sen. Victor Umeh.
Flavour (Chinedu Onyemaechi), Zubi Michael, and Awka Edochie, among others, performed at the rally held at Ekwueme Square.
Hundreds of APGA chieftains and supporters from the state’s 21 Local Government Areas and beyond attended the rally.
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Bianca Ojukwu will vote for Soludo in Anambra, according to the APGA.
According to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of the party’s patriach, Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu, has kinship and consanguinity with the party.
It stated that opposing parties in the state could not incite her against APGA, and that she would vote for Chukwuma Soludo in the state election on November 6.
Chinedu Obigwe, national co-ordinator of the APGA Media Warriors Forum, stated this at a press conference in Awka, Anambra State, on Monday.
Bianca recently stated that the state governor, Willie Obiano, once referred to Ojukwu as a “dead man who was no longer relevant to the party,” prompting Obigwe’s reaction.
Bianca had recently skipped the party’s campaign inauguration for its candidate in the November election.
But, at a press conference on Monday, Obigwe stated, “Notwithstanding iyom Bianca Ojukwu’s grievances, I say boldly and without fear of contradiction that she is praying earnestly for Soludo to win the upcoming November 6th election.”
“Her grievances will not cause her to sabotage APGA in this election, and the last thing she will do on November 6th is vote for any opposition party candidate.
“It’s a good thing she stated that her absence from the APGA campaign kick-off was to protest her grievances, not that she is joining another party or that she will work against APGA.
“The opposition party members are working in vain to turn Bianca against APGA in this election because her vote, and the votes of her supporters, will not be ignored by the party.
“She will vote for Soludo personally and will ensure that her supporters do the same.
“Bianca knows that losing the governorship election on November 6th would be the worst thing that could happen to her in her lifetime, which is why she is praying for the party’s victory.
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“I say this because someone close to her expressed concern that the APGA had not begun its campaign for the November 6th election.
“Now that the party leadership has done that, she is with them in spirit and wishes them a well-deserved election victory.”