HUMAN Right activist and Dr. Alex Ekwuemeâ€™s long time associate, Chief Ben Ezeibe, has stated reasons why the former Vice President gave his support for Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forth coming governorship election in Anambra State.
Ezeibe said that Ekwuemeâ€™s firm belief in Soludoâ€™s ability to render the much desired service to the people ofÂ the state is one of the reasons he gave his support for the former governor of Central Bank.
He said that Dr. Ekwueme,Â just like other political leaders in Anambra, is convinced that with SoludoÂ aÂ new dawn will emerge inÂ Anambra such that peace and progress will be restored in Anambra ,adding that the people of the state would no longer tolerate a non-focussed leader in the next dispensation.
Speaking with Saturday Vanguard in Enugu, Chief Ezeibe who is also a member of the Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic,Â Kaduna, said the controversies trailing the emergence of Soludo as the PDP flag bearer were uncalled for stressing that the entire people of the state would soon realize why Soludo should be given the chance to govern the crisis-ridden state.
He said: â€œPeople keep asking why Ekwueme gave Soludo his support for him. Just like other contestants, Soludo went to Ekwueme to seek his blessings and he eventually got it.
As the founding father of the party and elder-statesman,Â it is a misnomer for people to say that Ekwueme hand-picked Soludo.
The leader saw him as a credible candidate and the best material out of the numerous aspirants who could win the election inÂ Anambra State for our great PDP considering the fact that we have a sitting governor from another party.
â€œIt is not having a candidate just for the sake of it; we are talking of a candidate who is internationally connected and one who hasÂ vision to take Anambra to the next level.
Economically, I am sure he will open a new horizon for the state.Â We need to give Soludo a chance to succeed.Â Anambra people are already beaming with smiles that we have a candidate who has all it takes to move the state forward.
â€œIf you look at the controversies that his ambition and emergence has created, it shows that many people were scared of his quality and credentials.Â Since he ventured into the race, nobody could stand up to say that he is not a good material.
Many have acknowledged that he stands taller among his co-contestants including those who have emerged candidates of the other political parties,â€ he said.
He chided those who say that the party did not democratically select its candidate saying that the process of selection was not different from that of 2003 which produced Dr Chris Ngige.