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Anambra LP Assembly Candidates Sponsored To Fight Soludo Gov’t – Gov’s Adviser Alleges

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Alex Obiogbolu, the special adviser to Governor Chukwuma Soludo on Political Matters, has alleged that Anambra House of Assembly Labour Party candidates are being sponsored to fight the state government when they win.

Obiogbolu, who spoke with journalists on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Awka, said Anambra needs to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to avoid lawmakers who will distract the governor, when sworn in, from doing the wonderful job he has at hand.

He, however, added that the governor is not looking for a rubber stamp assembly, as he is ready to work with people of all parties, but the problem remains that the candidates running on the platform of the Labour Party, were being sponsored for ulterior motives.

“It is not that Gov Charles Soludo cannot work with lawmakers who are not of APGA; after all, the current House of Assembly is made up of PDP, APC, and APGA, and we have not had any issue at all.

“Soludo is well informed and experienced that he can work with them, and don’t forget that he is a homeboy and he is not new to politics. So the issue of rubber stamp lawmakers does not come in here.

“What we are looking at is the motive or the intent of some people who want to send some people to the State Assembly.

Are they going to the House of Assembly to represent their constituencies, to make good laws for the state and carry out their oversight functions as stipulated by the law? Are they going to the House of Assembly to see sense in what Governor Charles Soludo is doing for the people of the state? Are they being sponsored to the Assembly chambers to do the needful in the area of checks and balances for the good of the state?

“When you hear the mantra known as; payback time, you can agree with me that it sounds vindictive in every sense and manner. What is payback time? It means since ‘Soludo didn’t support Peter Obi of Labour Party, we are going to vote in the Labour Party candidates, so that he would know no rest as the governor’, and whatever he does be it good or not would be frustrated and if possible impeach him outrightly.

“If we have lawmakers across the political parties in the State Assembly that are out for good governance and with the most of honest intentions, they are welcome. But what would not benefit our state is for some people who are also Anambra people to come in to overheat the polity,” he said.

Soludo Threatens Withholding Gov’t Services From Anambra Electorate If His Party Doesn’t Win State Elections

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state has caused controversy by warning residents to vote for his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the upcoming state assembly elections on March 18th or risk losing access to government services.

The governor made the statement during a political rally held on Wednesday, March 9, 2023, where he urged supporters to vote for APGA and accused opposition parties of planning to undermine the development of the state.

“I want to warn those who are planning to vote for the opposition parties that they will be doing so at their own risk. Our party, APGA, has worked tirelessly to bring development to the state, and we cannot allow opposition parties to come and undo all that we have achieved,” he said.

The Governor’s statement has been met with widespread condemnation, with many accusing him of using dictatorial tactics to intimidate voters and undermine democracy. Opposition parties have also accused the Governor of attempting to rig the elections and have called for his resignation.

In response to the backlash, Governor Soludo has defended his statement, stating that he was only urging residents to vote for the party that has done the most for the state.

“I did not threaten anyone. I only urged residents to vote for the party that has brought development to the state. It is the duty of every government to ensure that its policies and programs are sustained, and that is what I am doing,” he said.

The Governor’s statement has raised concerns about the state of democracy in Nigeria and the need for free and fair elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured residents of the state of its commitment to ensuring a free and fair election and urged them to come out en masse to exercise their right to vote.

The state assembly elections in Anambra state are crucial as they will determine the composition of the state’s legislative arm. The elections are expected to be closely contested, with the opposition parties seeking to unseat APGA, which has been in power in the state for over a decade.

Source: Daily Post

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