By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€” Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) and a Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governorship aspirant for the 2010 election in Anambra state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has solicitedÂ the mandate of the 326 ward executives in the 21 local government areas of the state, ahead of the October 6 governorship primaries of the party.
Soludo made the appeal when he addressed the PDP ward executives at the Government Technical College(GTC), Awka, where he formerly declared, Tuesday,Â his intention to contest the governorship election in the state, come 2010.
â€œI am here today (yesterday) to tell you that I am contesting the 2010 governorship election in the state. Many people have said, how can somebody who has served as a Governor of the CBN come down to contest the position of Governor of a state. Some say if he comes out, we will disgrace and humiliate him. But I tell you that if that will be the sacrifice for me to save Anambra state, I will do it,â€ he said.
Further he said, â€œall I want you to do for me is to go and register for the ward congress and give me your nomination as your party candidate for the 2010 governorship election and I assure you that PDP, a very large family, would sweep the poll in the electionâ€.
He said having served in many capacities, nationally and internationally, it behoved on him to come home and repair all that had already gone wrong in his own state, which is the pillar of Igbo land.
Praising past Governors for doing their best in the development of the state, Soludo said what the state needed at the moment was for it to be turned into the best in the country and not to it move to a better position.
â€œAnambra state does not need a better job but the best job. That is why I ask you to go and register, so that you can vote for me during the party primaries. And if I am the candidate, I will turn Anambra to Africaâ€™s Dubaiâ€, he assured.
Besides, Soludo promised to conduct local government elections in 2010 if elected as Governor, saying that grassroot democracy would propel the dream to turn the state to Africaâ€™s Dubai, while Onitsha, Awka and Nnewi would regain their past glories.
Importantly, he promised to create 300,000 job for the unemployed youths in the state to reduce the increasing crime wave, especially armed robbery and kidnapping.