Anambra Governorship Election: Southern Governors Forum Congratulates Soludo

Anambra Governorship Election: Southern Governors Forum Congratulates Soludo

  • Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo has been congratulated by his future colleagues in southern Nigeria
  • The Southern Governors' Forum says it is exciting to have a seasoned economist in its midst in the person of Soludo
  • Soludo, 61, renowned economist and former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, won the just-concluded Anambra governorship election

Akure - The Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) has congratulated the governor-elect of Anambra, Chukwuma Soludo, stating that his experience as an economist was a great asset to the southeast state.

The forum congratulated Soludo through its chairman and Ondo governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in a statement seen by and signed by Donald Ojogo, the state's commissioner for information.

Professor Soludo, ex-CBN governor, won the just-concluded Anambra governorship election. Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP
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Akeredolu also commended the Anambra people for their participation while charging Soludo to brace up for the task ahead.

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He stated that the SGF looked forward to working with Soludo in the fight against security and economic challenges in southern Nigeria.

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Part of the statement read:

“We look forward to working with Professor Charles Soludo under the auspices of the Southern Governors’ Forum, for the peace, security, and development of Anambra state, southern Nigeria, and the country at large.
“No doubt, we will be happy to explore the experience of the governor-elect, as it relates to the economy and also helps in our efforts to keep the people of southern Nigeria safe.
“Professor Soludo’s experience as a consummate economist will be of great asset to the good people of Anambra, Southern Governors’ Forum, and indeed the entire country.
Our efforts towards economic integration and enhanced socio-economic relationships in the SGF will undoubtedly be boosted in many respects.

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“On behalf of my colleagues in the SGF, I congratulate Professor Soludo and wish him the best as he prepares for the herculean task ahead.”

Soludo Becomes 6th Nigerian Governor With a Ph.D.

Meanwhile, Professor 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.


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