Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and strong contender in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, says there is absolutely no controversy if Governor Willie Obiano supports as well as promotes Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s gubernatorial aspiration.
Nwankpo said the governor has a right to provide a befitting successor to consolidate and continue from where he would stop, especially if he ascertained the person’s capacities and capabilities worthy enough to take over from him.
The APGA gubernatorial hopeful who stated this at a media parley with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Anambra state council in his campaign office in Awka, noted that no one should begrudge the governor if he found Prof.Soludo a suitable successor because he believed that every governor did same on the verge of leaving office.
He said, “In the case of Soludo, I don’t know how true it is but there is a general impression that there was a commitment before now made by the governor to Soludo. So the governor as a public officer and as someone with good disposition and person of character, if he made a promise to Soludo he would make efforts to keep it.
“If I am in Soludo’s shoes, I will demand that he keeps it; if I am in Obiano’s shoes I will make efforts to keep it. So for me, I have no controversies around the matter. The governor is within his rights to look for a successor.”
Nwankpo said people should not accuse the governor wrongly because he was looking for a successor; that it was only natural for such to happen but the onus according to him, lied on the All Progressives Grand Alliance to guarantee equity and equal treatment for all aspirants on its platform.
On the issue of the governor’s body language, Nwankpo said, “I believe the body language of the governor is that he will not allow APGA to die in his hands. I believe that his body language is that he will not disenfranchise the people of Anambra state.”