•APC, PDP, ADC, YPP, ready for parley
•I voted Soludo, says ADC candidate
Anambra State is about achieving another political milestone shortly after executing a peaceful election by being the first the state to form a unity government that cuts across political parties.
Sunday Telegraph gathered that that would be achieved in the expected cabinet of the Governor-elect of the state, Prof Charles Soludo. Already, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has offered to assist Soludo in running the state and has concluded arrangements to have its members physically present at the inauguration of Soludo.
The party also urged other political parties to follow suit for the progress of the state. Also following the congratulatory message by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Valentine Ozigbo, the Association of Anambra Progressives, a pressure group in the party, has called for the submission of three names from all the parties for the forming of the new government.
Similarly, the candidates of Young Progressive Party (YPP) Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and that of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Chief Akachukwu Nwamkpu have urged Soludo to ensure that all the political parties in the state were given the opportunity to contribute to the socio-economic development of the state.
According to the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Arch Okelo Madukife, in a news briefing yesterday: “As we congratulate Prof Charles Soludo over his victory as the winner of Anambra State governorship election, we are going to attend his swearing in ceremony and we are also ready to assist him in giving governance a human face, irrespective of the fact that we do not belong to his party.
“We are first of all Anambra people before we joined our respective parties and what matters much is the progress of Anambra State”, he said. Also speaking, the Coordinator of the PDP Anambra Progressives, Mr Ngozi Agudile, told Sunday Telegraph that borrowing a leaf from the position of its candidate, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, the PDP was willing to offer any of its members to form the new government of Anambra State under the stewardship of Soludo.
“What else do we want in our state but good governance and it is not the task of APGA or His Excellency, Prof Charles Soludo alone but the collective responsibility of all and sundry, including those who are not politically active
. “Even our leader and former governor, Mr Peter Obi, had earlier made it clear in his congratulatory message. So, we have to be part of making the state great”, he said Nwamkpo told this reporter that there is nothing wrong in joining hands to form a government, so long as it is for the good of the people.
“Yes, you would recall that I voted for Soludo even though I am the candidate of another party and this is because the vote would be a waste if it goes to the ADC while Soludo of APGA is already leading and we are extending our hands of fellowship to him to help take Anambra State to the next level”, he said.
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, representing Anambra South District and candidate of the YPP, explained that the elections have come and gone and a winner has emerged, hence there is no point overheating the polity but to help Soludo get started for the good of Anambra people.
“We all want the best for Anambra people and even if we did not become governor, we can still contribute to the progress of Anambra State and we urge Prof Charles Soludo to find it expedient to form an all inclusive government and pick the best for the job, not based on party members or loyalty but based on excellence,” he noted.