By Dapo AKINREFON
PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for the Anambra 2010 elections, Professor Charles Soludo has said that his decision to volunteer himself for service, led to his involvement in politics and that it affords him the opportunity of salvaging Anambra State from its present status.
Professor Soludo, who made these remarks in Lagos at a fund-raising dinner in his honour, enjoined theÂ indigenes of the state not to shy away from politics just as he called for all hands to be on deck in the development of the state.
According to him, â€œbuilding the new Anambra State will challenge all of us to give our best to the state. I have volunteered myself.
I call on you to also to serve the state because it is not an accident that God decided that you should come from the state. The hour has come, what contributions do you want our people to remember you for? Everyoneâ€™s contribution is welcome.â€
The former Central Bank Governor, who highlighted the potentials of the state, however, pledged to galvanize the resources for better use.
While explaining his agenda for Anambra State, Soludo said â€œour agenda for a new beginning will build upon the potentials and capabilities of the state, human and material resources; and will hope to minimize its weakness in order to create wealth, create jobs, reduce poverty and re-orient the values of the people.â€
In addition, he said â€œwe hope to achieve these by investing in, and empowering our people; creating an enabling environment for, and actively promoting the private sector as the engine of growth and job creation; rescuing our cities from decay and hence salvaging the wasting assets in these cities to lay a foundation for a fresh start; envision a new, befitting capital city for Anambra State and finally lay the foundation for sustainable prosperity by jump-starting the emergence of a modern city in Anambra that will attract world talent and capital to Anambra State.â€
In his resolve to reposition the PDP in the state, if elected into office, he said â€œI promise that a new PDP in the state is on the way, a new leadership that is inclusive, that allows for internal democracy, that is exemplary in terms of leadership, a PDP that is focused and people-orientedâ€.
â€œOur chapter of the PDP will demonstrate that it is a party that truly believes that power belongs to the people. Under our administration, PDP will be a mass movement for the liberation of the people. It is a new PDP, new Anambra state,â€ he stated.