Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has dedicated his victory in the 2021 Anambra Governorship Election to three policemen killed during his campaign struggle earlier in the year.
Naija News recalls that Soludo was attacked by gun-wielding hoodlums in April 2021 during a town hall meeting in his hometown in Isuofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Following the completion of the supplementary polls in the Ihiala local government area of the State on Tuesday evening, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar on Wednesday morning announced Soludo as the new governor of Anambra.
She said: “That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”
Naija News reports that 61-year-old Soludo won the Anambra polls with 112,229 votes defeating his contenders, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes came fourth
Speaking on his victory, Soludo expressed sadness over the demise of the police officers who lost their lives saving him.
The former apex bank governor also described the election as a reflection of the will of the people.
Soludo promises to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state while extending an olive branch to his contenders in the race.
He also thanked the judiciary for standing tall throughout the processes.
His speech read: “Let me say with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the results of the 2021 Anambra Governorship Election as declared by INEC. And this reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people…This is a divine journey whose time has come.
“At this moment we must remember and must continue to remember all those who died during the course of this moment, especially the three policemen who were killed by unknown gunmen during our town hall meeting with youths in my ward. May God continues to grant their soul eternal rest,” he said.
“The election itself tested the integrity of our federal institutions. Many times there were tensions, especially as one party boasted that it must take or ‘conquer’ but the judiciary stood for the integrity of the judiciary,” he added.