A group, Anambra Indigenes in Diaspora, has endorsed Professor Chukwuma Soludo, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
The group made its position known in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka on Tuesday.
The Anambra Indigenes in the Diaspora is made up of people living in the U.S., UK, Russia, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy and India.
The statement was jointly signed by Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, former Mayor, Enfield England, UK, Mr. Neville Uchendu, Mayor, Atlanta Georgia, USA and Dr. Michael Chukwujekwu, Chairman, Planning and Strategy Committee of the group
They stated that the group took the position during the Anambra Indigenes in the Diaspora global meeting, held virtually from September 10 to 12.
It said that members of the group that participated in the meeting considered a wide range of issues affecting the state, especially the forthcoming governorship election slated for November 6.
They said the group considered the pedigree of who would become the next governor of the state, with a view to ensuring security of lives and property as well as advancement of development in all sectors.
“After due considerations, we unanimously adopted Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the preferred governorship candidate for the poll.
“The diasporas overwhelmingly request the entire Anambra people to align with, and support Soludo, because the state is in serious need of sustaining good governance,” it said.
The group, however, explained that candidates presented by other political parties are equally good but that its choice of Soludo was devoid of bias and done in the best interest of the state.
It also said the state needed an individual with the intellectual dynamics to steer the ship of the state to safe harbor, considering the national and global socio-political and economic challenges.
“We are convinced that Soludo has the integrity, pedigree and visionary leadership acumen to drive the state to the next level of development in infrastructure, human capital, industrial, education, health, agriculture and other sectors”, the group stated.
The members assured that if Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is elected, they would mobilise forces in countries of their residence to galvanise development in the state.