- Reactions continue to trail the outcome of the recently concluded Anambra state governorship election
- APC chieftain, Promise Emmanuel, is full of praises for President Muhammadu Buhari over the conduct of the exercise
- Emmanuel also shared his thoughts on the election, the voting pattern of the electorates and what APC can learn from the exercise
Lokoja - Promise Emmanuel, the chief press secretary of the Kogi state deputy governor, Chief Edward Onoja, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the smooth conduct of the Anambra governorship election.
Emmanuel, popularly known as 'Kogi Rebel', made the comment in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng on Wednesday, November 10.
He stated that the recently concluded Anambra governorship election is a game-changer and an improvement in previous elections despite the challenges witnessed in the build-up and during the exercise.
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“First, I will like to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for his tenacity in ensuring the election holds, regardless of threats from agitative groups. Also, the introduction of the BVAS by INEC under the president shows he is interested in improving our electoral processes.
“From feelers, Anambrarians are happy with their choice even though, widespread voter apathy was recorded.
“I think Ndigbo honoured the memory of Late Dim Ojukwu. APGA is an eastern party, it is like the traditional caps won by Ndigbo. Even though my party, the All Progressives Congress didn't win, we have drawn lessons from it.
“It also shows that INEC under President Muhammadu Buhari is transparent to allow democratic supremacy to prevail.
“We hope that when the Ekiti and Osun elections are held, our learnings from the recent election in Anambra would inform the party echelon on better strategy, choice of candidates along with other rubrics necessary to win elections in a democratic setting.”
He, however, advised the APC to work towards ensuring that younger candidates emerge in the party
“We must also not forget the place of choosing young candidates with competence, capacity, and character that will interest the younger voting demography that has arisen from her slumber.”
Soludo Becomes 6th Nigerian Governor With a Ph.D.
Meanwhile, Anambra governor-elect, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has written his name in gold in the history books of Nigeria as he joins a list of governors in the current political dispensation with a Ph.D.
The other governors with a Ph.D. are Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Professor Benedict Ayade of Cross River state.
Others are Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state and his Borno state counterpart, Professor Babagana Zulum.
Soludo Becomes Second Ex-CBN Governor to Emerge State Governor
In a related development, Professor Soludo is the second ex-Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor to emerge as a state governor in the country.
The first was Clement Isong, former governor of Cross River state. Isong was CBN governor from 1967 to 1975. He later became the Cross River governor from 1979 to 1983.
Interestingly, it was Soludo who honoured Clement Isong by placing his portrait on the Nigerian N1000 note. Also, Soludo has a Ph.D. in Economics just like Isong did.