Former CBN Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo
By Charles Onyekamuo
Anambra State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) Saturday stated that the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has not been contacted by the party to fly its flag in the gubernatorial election expected to hold in the state next year, saying Soludo is not even a member of the party.
The Anambra State chairman of the party, Mr. Sam Oraegbunam, who stated this in Awka, the state capital, maintained that the party had not held any form of discussion with Soludo who flew the flag of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 6, 2010 governorship election in the state and came a distant third behind the incumbent governor, Mr. Peter Obi of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Dr. Chris Ngige of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) who came second.
Oraegbunam said though Soludo is not a member of LP, he wouldn’t know if he had a soft spot for the party since he was yet to communicate with the state executive of LP officially or unofficially. He added that the story making the rounds on Soludo flying the party’s flag remains a rumour.
He nonetheless said that though Soludo is not a member of LP, he will not be a bad candidate for the party if he joins and wins to fly the party flag in 2014 after a transparent and rigorous primaries. “Soludo is not a member of Labour Party. You have to be a member before becoming a candidate.
Soludo is not a bad candidate but it is not for LP to go and say come and join our party and fly our flag. “But that does not foreclose the fact that he has the right to come into LP when he wishes. Everything you are hearing now is a rumour because he is not yet in communication with us officially or unofficially,” he said.
He also described as lies the story that Soludo was funding the State chapter of the party through a proxy and had allegedly done so to the tune of N25million in the hope that he would be anointed the LP candidate in the 2014 governorship election in the state.