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Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Nobody: 7:39am On Aug 13, 2013
By MAXWELL ODITTA


If feelers from the Presidency are anything to go by, the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State would retain the governorship seat in the state in the election slated for this October.

In the intricate political trappings, former Central Bank Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, is said to have been pencilled down to contest under the banner of APGA, and he would be supported by the political machine of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Soludo, a new defector to APGA, was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra 2010 election. He finished third in that contest behind Governor Peter Obi of APGA and Dr. Chris Ngige of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

However, as in 2010, Soludo is said to be the favoured candidate of President Jonathan. He is said to have been encouraged by the president and his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to pitch tent with APGA since the sitting governor, Obi, is outgoing.

This political underplay is said to be against the backdrop of reports available to top political associates of President Jonathan and the Wadata House, the PDP National Secretariat, that the ruling party in the country is no longer popular in Anambra State because of a decade-long leadership crisis in the state chapter of the party which has attracted multiple court cases.

Though the crisis appears to have been largely resolved, the party is still bifurcated along the lines of loyalty to the two contending state chairmen of the party.

“The activities of the Ubas, especially Chief Chris Uba who unleashed mayhem on the state capital, Awka, in 2004 and 2005, have not endeared the PDP to the people of the state. Today, Chris’ big brother Emmanuel Nnamdi (Andy) is a governorship aspirant of the PDP and there is serious doubt that he would emerge victorious at the close of day,” said a PDP source.

Daily News watch learnt that unless for last minute manoeuvring against him, Andy Uba is likely to emerge the flag-bearer of the PDP in the state governorship election.

Andy Uba, a former Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to Obasanjo, is said to have been favoured to fly the PDP flag in Anambra guber contest as part of an earlier rapprochement between President Jonathan and Obasanjo.

Uba and 16 other aspirants, including perennial contestants, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, were cleared by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to contest the governorship primaries of the party.

Uba, whose election on PDP platform in April 2007 was nullified by the Supreme Court in Obi’s tenure interpretation case, was denied the PDP governorship ticket in 2010. He vied on the platform of Labour Party, while Soludo was the PDP candidate.

The biggest headache now for the highly influential Uba brothers, especially Andy, is how to upstage APGA in the governorship duel, with the recent reconciliation of Governor Obi and the APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh.

The Jonathan circle, it was learnt, sold the choice of Soludo to Umeh, Obi and wife of late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain. However, Soludo himself played very important role in the reconciliation of Obi and Umeh.

Indeed, Soludo is not without opponents in APGA, notwithstanding the affirmation of his candidature by the president’s circle. His most credible adversary is Prince John Emeka, a former senator and one-time Minister of State for Transport who hails from Anambra North, from where Obi has always said the next governor would emerge. Another such opponent is the House of Representatives member, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, a thorough-going grassroots political crusader.

But Daily News watch learnt that the fear in APGA circles is that should Soludo emerge as governor, he might ultimately decamp to the PDP, to support Jonathan’s re-election bid.

But a member of the APGA NWC debunked this, saying: “What the Presidency is trying to do is reward Obi and Umeh for their loyalty by leaving them with the control of their home state. Unless you were endorsed by Obi and Umeh, it would be difficult for you to emerge in APGA or even win the governorship. Soludo has joined APGA for good and he would be no-one’s surrogate.”

http://www.mydailynewswatchng.com/2013/08/13/anambra-guber-jonathan-trades-off-pdp-backs-soludo-as-gov/
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Youngzedd(m): 7:46am On Aug 13, 2013
Oga GEJ knows better person.
I like his reaction in this case.

Soludo all the way.....



Chai!

#Teamfirst2comment

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by OsunOriginal: 8:07am On Aug 13, 2013
Sincere 9gerian: By MAXWELL ODITTA


If feelers from the Presidency are anything to go by, the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State would retain the governorship seat in the state in the election slated for this October.

In the intricate political trappings, former Central Bank Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, is said to have been pencilled down to contest under the banner of APGA, and he would be supported by the political machine of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Soludo, a new defector to APGA, was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra 2010 election. He finished third in that contest behind Governor Peter Obi of APGA and Dr. Chris Ngige of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

However, as in 2010, Soludo is said to be the favoured candidate of President Jonathan. He is said to have been encouraged by the president and his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to pitch tent with APGA since the sitting governor, Obi, is outgoing.

This political underplay is said to be against the backdrop of reports available to top political associates of President Jonathan and the Wadata House, the PDP National Secretariat, that the ruling party in the country is no longer popular in Anambra State because of a decade-long leadership crisis in the state chapter of the party which has attracted multiple court cases.

Though the crisis appears to have been largely resolved, the party is still bifurcated along the lines of loyalty to the two contending state chairmen of the party.

“The activities of the Ubas, especially Chief Chris Uba who unleashed mayhem on the state capital, Awka, in 2004 and 2005, have not endeared the PDP to the people of the state. Today, Chris’ big brother Emmanuel Nnamdi (Andy) is a governorship aspirant of the PDP and there is serious doubt that he would emerge victorious at the close of day,” said a PDP source.

Daily News watch learnt that unless for last minute manoeuvring against him, Andy Uba is likely to emerge the flag-bearer of the PDP in the state governorship election.

Andy Uba, a former Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to Obasanjo, is said to have been favoured to fly the PDP flag in Anambra guber contest as part of an earlier rapprochement between President Jonathan and Obasanjo.

Uba and 16 other aspirants, including perennial contestants, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, were cleared by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to contest the governorship primaries of the party.

Uba, whose election on PDP platform in April 2007 was nullified by the Supreme Court in Obi’s tenure interpretation case, was denied the PDP governorship ticket in 2010. He vied on the platform of Labour Party, while Soludo was the PDP candidate.

The biggest headache now for the highly influential Uba brothers, especially Andy, is how to upstage APGA in the governorship duel, with the recent reconciliation of Governor Obi and the APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh.

The Jonathan circle, it was learnt, sold the choice of Soludo to Umeh, Obi and wife of late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain. However, Soludo himself played very important role in the reconciliation of Obi and Umeh.

Indeed, Soludo is not without opponents in APGA, notwithstanding the affirmation of his candidature by the president’s circle. His most credible adversary is Prince John Emeka, a former senator and one-time Minister of State for Transport who hails from Anambra North, from where Obi has always said the next governor would emerge. Another such opponent is the House of Representatives member, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, a thorough-going grassroots political crusader.

But Daily News watch learnt that the fear in APGA circles is that should Soludo emerge as governor, he might ultimately decamp to the PDP, to support Jonathan’s re-election bid.

But a member of the APGA NWC debunked this, saying: “What the Presidency is trying to do is reward Obi and Umeh for their loyalty by leaving them with the control of their home state. Unless you were endorsed by Obi and Umeh, it would be difficult for you to emerge in APGA or even win the governorship. Soludo has joined APGA for good and he would be no-one’s surrogate.”

http://www.mydailynewswatchng.com/2013/08/13/anambra-guber-jonathan-trades-off-pdp-backs-soludo-as-gov/

Can someone tell me why GEJ should not be suspended by PDP for anti-party activities?

A PDP president supporting a governor of another party against the candidate of his own party. Or is PDP not contesting the same election? GEJ is too desperate for 2015 and will sacrifice anything for it.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Onlytruth(m): 8:41am On Aug 13, 2013
It is only smart that GEJ supports APGA and supports Soludo to win Anambra.
It is in HIS interest to do so.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by FreeGlobe(f): 8:44am On Aug 13, 2013
Good move from GEJ. Soludo is the people's choice and GEJ knows he is a better candidate that can upsurge the APC nonsense of ngige.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by DanAnyiam: 8:49am On Aug 13, 2013
Youngzedd: Oga GEJ knows better person.
I like his reaction in this case.

Soludo all the way.....
GEJ knows better my a*s!
If the above mentioned story is true, he is only plotting his own survival in 2015. You really thinks Jonathan lose any sleep at night because of the welfare of Anambra. Grow up people.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by egift(m): 8:51am On Aug 13, 2013
Jonathan will do anything for his greedy 2015 interest.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by anthoniosp(m): 9:01am On Aug 13, 2013
# calls boko harm leader # bros abeg find me small bomb!! gej no wan drop power ooh!
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by hotswagg12: 9:05am On Aug 13, 2013
Am in support of GEJ
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by fingard02k(m): 9:05am On Aug 13, 2013
Soludo is our Solution

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Nobody: 9:06am On Aug 13, 2013
the people's vote do that k??
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Adonike(m): 9:07am On Aug 13, 2013
Anambra state is arguably the state in Nigeria that parades the best human resources and it is reflecting here in her guber election where almost all d aspirants are OK for the job regardless of their party.

Anambra Ekenem unu!!

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by billante(m): 9:11am On Aug 13, 2013
egift: Jonathan will do anything for his greedy 2015 interest.

Moroon! he is not greedy, it shows a leader dat has the interest of the people at heart.....between soludo and andy uba do you need a sooth sayer to tell you who is the better candidate......Jonathan is sacrificing his party interest in order to give a anambra the best leader available.

And you are calling him selfish.....is it not when he supports his own party candidate even if he is an incompetent one instead of a performer that you will call him selfish......You guys just know how to talk rubbish.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by solomon111(m): 9:12am On Aug 13, 2013
This is just proof that GEJ has matured beyond party sentiments by showing covert support for soludo who is by far the best choice for anambara.
Anyway,the people of anambara still has the final say,and i hope they won't disappoint.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Nnamdig2(m): 9:15am On Aug 13, 2013
mere ascertion, trying 2 cook up a story dats nt true. why would gej go against pdp.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by omiobo: 9:15am On Aug 13, 2013
GEJ is killing two birds with a stone. He is using soludo to kill APGA and to hijack Anambra. If GEJ is supporting soludo on APGA platform,Soludo's way of paying GEJ back will be to defect to PDP if he wins. At the end,some people will bite their fingers. I enjoin to vote Ngige.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by executinal(m): 9:15am On Aug 13, 2013
Soludo is already on that seat. Who is gonna stop him?? Ngige or who?? Solution carry go cool cool

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by asha80(m): 9:15am On Aug 13, 2013
problem is whether soludo will win apga candidature.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Ogojohn(m): 9:16am On Aug 13, 2013
Onlytruth: It is only smart that GEJ supports APGA and supports Soludo to win Anambra.
It is in HIS interest to do so.
Are you indirectly saying that if a pdp candidate wins it wont be in the interest of the president? On what honour will you hold S0LUDO that he will not renege on his support to Jonathan if elected.? secondly are you suggesting that the president is playing anti party activity? Hmmm. i beg to differ.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by solomon111(m): 9:16am On Aug 13, 2013
billante:

Moroon! he is not greedy, it shows a leader dat has the interest of the people at heart.....between soludo and andy uba do you need a sooth sayer to tell you who is the better candidate......Jonathan is sacrificing his party interest in order to give a anambra the best leader available.

And you are calling him selfish.....is it not when he supports his own party candidate even if he is an incompetent one instead of a performer that you will call him selfish......You guys just know how to talk rubbish.
I tire o.
The way some of these so-called opposition reason is baffling.
If GEJ wanted to guarantee his 2015 political victory,he would have gone for a PDP candidate.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by EzePromoe: 9:16am On Aug 13, 2013
Soludo, Soludo k'anyi g'eso
M'o n'eje eje
M'o n'ala ala
Soludo k'anyi g'eso


Ebe k'anyi ga ebinye aka
Ebe eselu okuko
Ebe k'anyi ga ebinye aka
Ebe edelu APGA


APC ko ife ana akpo ya jenu Maiduguri. Ala Igbo juru unu aju tongue

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Onlytruth(m): 9:17am On Aug 13, 2013
Soludo remains the best in Anambra. If Jonathan supports the best, the people will be appreciative of that, and return the favor in 2015.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by ignis(f): 9:18am On Aug 13, 2013
egift: Jonathan will do anything for his greedy 2015 interest.
Likewise other politicians as well.

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by solomon111(m): 9:19am On Aug 13, 2013
Ogojohn: Are you indirectly saying that if a pdp candidate wins it wont be in the interest of the president? On what honour will you hold S0LUDO that he will not renege on his support to Jonathan if elected.? secondly are you suggesting that the president is playing anti party activity? Hmmm. i beg to differ.
That's the risk the president is willing to take for the sake of development and economic transformation in anambara.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Arcard(m): 9:19am On Aug 13, 2013
wat oga jonah dy do no fllw any way i xpect pdp to suspend am.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by goodtalk(m): 9:19am On Aug 13, 2013
Ngige all the way the will of the people must prevail in the Anambra elections. Dora Akunyili thought she was popular in Nigeria and in Anambra until Ngige thought her a lesson! Same will repeat itself again in the gubernitorial elections!

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by alphaconde(m): 9:20am On Aug 13, 2013
I hope the legislators contesting will resign before the polls. Someone please clarify this.
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Delafruita(m): 9:20am On Aug 13, 2013
billante:

Moroon! he is not greedy, it shows a leader dat has the interest of the people at heart.....between soludo and andy uba do you need a sooth sayer to tell you who is the better candidate......Jonathan is sacrificing his party interest in order to give a anambra the best leader available.

And you are calling him selfish.....is it not when he supports his own party candidate even if he is an incompetent one instead of a performer that you will call him selfish......You guys just know how to talk rubbish.
why did soludo have to leave PDP for APGA if he is the better candidate?wasnt he the candidate in 2010?
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by solomon111(m): 9:22am On Aug 13, 2013
goodtalk: Ngige all the way the will of the people must prevail in the Anambra elections. Dora Akunyili thought she was popular in Nigeria and in Anambra until Ngige thought her a lesson! Same will repeat itself again in the gubernitorial elections!
How did Ngige that was stoned by angry youths become the will of the people?

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Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Acecube(m): 9:23am On Aug 13, 2013
Jonathan having selfish interest or not, bottom line is Anambrans have a better candidate in SOLUDO
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Lordave: 9:25am On Aug 13, 2013
It's Soludo or Nobody!
Re: Jonathan Backs Soludo For Anambra Guber Polls by Onlytruth(m): 9:25am On Aug 13, 2013
Ogojohn: Are you indirectly saying that if a pdp candidate wins it wont be in the interest of the president? On what honour will you hold S0LUDO that he will not renege on his support to Jonathan if elected.? secondly are you suggesting that the president is playing anti party activity? Hmmm. i beg to differ.

It is not about what Soludo may do (or not do) to support Jonathan in 2015. It is rather what ANAMBRA VOTERS will do in 2015.
APGA is silently GEJ leaning.
That will continue to be so if GEJ supports the best in APGA to emerge and win.
PDP is not popular or organized well at the local level in Anambra state. If GEJ supports an unpopular candidate, that candidate will lose, and drag Jonathan along in his loss. Not smart politics.

So, either way, once GEJ supports Soludo (a clearly credible candidate), Anambra voters will remember that in 2015.
BTW I don't believe that Soludo will turn against GEJ (his chief supporter). Nigerian presidents are too powerful to fall victim of such scams. Ask Amaechi.

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