By Chioma GABRIEL
THE reinstated gubernatorial candidate of the ruling Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra state , Professor Charles Soludo has attributed his victory at the Supreme Court to the will of God and the people and a demonstration that the judiciary was the last hope of the common man.
In a telephone call withÂ Saturday Vanguard Thursday night , Professor Soludo said the victory is a turning point for the people of the state and a sign that the state is on the verge of liberation.
â€œMy first reaction is that when God says yes, no man can say no. The Supreme Court has spoken. God has spoken, and Anambra is on the way to liberation. I believe the judgement was the manifestation of justice, fairness and the revelation of the real tenets of democracy in Nigeria.
â€œI thank the Supreme Court for being responsive and decisive as the last hope for the commonÂ man. I thank the Supreme Court, the Appeal Court and the High Court. They are all part of the judiciary.
â€œIt wasÂ a great day for Anambra state and the people. Shops andÂ markets in the state closedÂ as theÂ people went into celebration, even those in other parts ofÂ Nigeria.â€
Looking back to the events leading to his disqualification by the court initially, Professor Soludo blamed the problems he encountered on the proverbial hand of Esau and the voice of Jacob.
â€œCandidates of other parties who are afraid sponsored the court cases, not the appellants. Three candidates led by Andy Uba and the incumbent Anambra governor, Peter ObiÂ who are so desperate thatÂ if Soludo gets the ticket to run, their chances would be reduced are the ones behind it.
â€œBut I am assuring the people that itâ€™s going to be aÂ landslide victory on FebruaryÂ 6 as depicted on Thursday because the celebrationÂ that greeted the victory at the Supreme CourtÂ wasÂ in contradiction with what happened whenÂ the Appeal Court gave its judgement.
Then, people were demonstrating and burning tyres on the streets but now, with the Supreme Court judgement, there was celebration.â€
Soludo opines that the events leading to his initial removal and eventual victory showÂ that governmentÂ is not responsible for attempting to stop him.
â€œOther candidates are afraid .Andy Uba and Peter Obi wereÂ not at ease with my coming into the race.â€