- Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, Governor of Anambra State, recently stirred up the hornet’s nest by joining the 2023 election talks
- Contributing to the speech, the governor made a surprise confrontation with his relative and former Governor of Anambra, Peter Obi.
- However, with threats to draw more from his arsenal, Soludo has cooled off following the angry reactions against his open letter.
FCT, Abuja – Anambra State Governor Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo shocked Nigerians on Monday, November 14, 2022, when he issued a statement on Peter Obi’s presidential ambition.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and a Labor Party presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general election, has wowed many Nigerians with his aspiration.
Irritated by the rumor surrounding Obi’s presidential candidacy, Soludo wrote a stinking comment against the LP’s presidential candidate, claiming it is a waste of time.
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“Yes, I fully understand the anger of some urban and diaspora youth and some Nigerians who are dissatisfied with the country’s trajectory or major party candidates and wanted other options.
“Without knowing much about the others, some see Peter Obi as the foil they wanted. I get the point. But this is a democracy: the minority will have the word, but the majority will get away with it. Translating the anger and turmoil on social media into political results requires a huge job.”
The title of the full statement was History Beckons and I will not be Silent (Part 1).
Political analysts have waited for Soludo to release the second part of his letter, but to no avail. The governor of Anambra seemed to have softened his tirade after the massive condemnation that followed the statement.
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Many say that Soludo is only jealous of Obi because of the organic support and following that the former Anambra State Governor has gained in a few weeks. Others say Soludo sees himself as the next Nigerian president of Igbo origin, hence the attack on Obi.
Obi’s response to Soludo
Obi, on Tuesday, November 15, responded to Soludo, saying that he did his best as governor of Anambra, and urged the economist-turned-politician to do the best he could in the state.
Obi made the remark at the 2022 Lagos Business School (LBS) Alumni Conference in Lagos.
“He (Soludo) is still my brother, we are very close. I keep praying for him. For other things that I did not achieve, God has given him the opportunity to do it and succeed.
“So if there’s something pending, governance doesn’t end, people are still in government in the United States, so you stop where you stop, other people will continue from there.
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“He is the governor of the state; he is my older brother, he is even smarter than me because he is a teacher, I am a trader, so he knows more and he will be able to do things better than me.
“I have done my thing as a merchant, now that the teacher is there, he will do his thing as a teacher, the schools that I did not roof will roof, that is how the government goes.”
The former governor said he left office with savings of 75 billion naira, adding that his administration saved $50 million each at Access, Diamond and Fidelity banks at an interest rate of 6.5%.
Why Soludo should publish part 2 of his article
Azuka Onwuka, a popular public affairs commentator, recently stated that Soludo should publish the second part of the letter for the sake of posterity.
According to him, the Soludo article is a distraction from the central issues that provoked the governor’s reaction in the first place.
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“It is very important for the integrity of Soludo that he complete the letter, in order to have the opportunity to eventually answer the question that he intends to answer in the first place. It is demeaning for an exceptionally intelligent academic in her position to miss the point.
“The core of the debate is Soludo’s claim on Channels TV that Obi’s investment in Anambra State is worth next to nothing. That provoked reactions in people.
“In response to people’s reactions to his comment, Soludo decided to write a personally signed 4,025-word opinion titled “History Calls and I Will Not Shut Up (Part 1).
“But strangely, from the beginning to the end of the answer, Soludo did not discuss the most important issue at stake: How much is the investment that Peter Obi made for Anambra State? What institutions did Obi invest in?
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“What was clear from Soludo’s response was that Peter Obi really saved money and made some investments for Anambra State. Soludo’s point of divergence is that the investment currently has little to no value.
“But instead of responding to that, Soludo veered off into topics completely unrelated to the issue, showing his disdain for Obi’s political ambition.
“Then he gave an economics lecture on why it’s economically unwise to save money in a state when there are still poor people in the state.”
Letter to Chukwuma Soludo
In an open letter to Soludo, another public affairs commentator, Amanze Obi, chided the governor for his stance.
Obi noted that Soludo has failed miserably as Governor of Anambra since March 17, 2022.
“The substance or lack thereof of your tirade against Obi is even more disappointing. In his long essay, he created the impression that he is the only Igbo man who is thinking. In your omniscience, you have already seen the end of the choice.
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“Peter Obi, you said, he can’t win more than four states. You said the rating could be even worse before the February 2023 election.
“My dear Chukwuma, you are certainly entitled to your clairvoyance. But if I were you, I would not participate in this poor show. The bias is too revealing to go unnoticed by even the less perceptive.
“With your attack on Obi and your Igbo kin, you have put your left foot forward. My advice to you is to retrace your steps, purge yourself of prejudice and bad blood, and remember that you have a job to do in Anambra State.”
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He said the campaign is bigger than Obi himself because it is driven by the masses.
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Umeh added that Obi is very influential and stressed that the LP presidential candidate will win support across the country.
Errant Soludo subtly backs Atiku in Awka
Unfazed by the criticism he received from ‘OBIdeients’, an errant Solduo subtly endorsed the presidential bid of Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s presidential hopeful.
During the rally on Thursday, December 15, 2023, the former Vice President visited Governor Soludo in Awka.
Speaking during the courtesy call, Soludo described Atiku as “one of two frontline presidential candidates.”