Professor Charles Soludo needs to confront the harsh reality that his leadership has diminished APGA’s popularity, becoming a burden on ndị Anambra, who eagerly await 2025 to usher the party out of Agu-Awka.
Governor Soludo’s assertion that Anambra exclusively belongs to APGA reflects a sad tale of a man ignoring reality, relying on sycophantic feedback rather than the majority’s sentiments.
The last general election highlighted APGA’s decline in Anambra State. It is unfortunate that the governor ignores this truth, which has only made him the subject of ridicule and hallucinations. It is widely acknowledged that Soludo would be the last governor from APGA, as the majority of Anambra people and electorates resonate with this truth and are awaiting 2025, when the next gubernatorial elections would take place.
Soludo’s lackluster performance, continued disparaging of Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu whose name has sustained the party, misappropriation of funds, undemocratic tendencies, and failure to deliver on promises have destroyed the support and emotional attachment that ndị Anambra had for APGA. In the past 20 months, the people have faced significant challenges under the APGA-led administration.
Instead of relying on the fact that Anambra is considered an APGA state for his re-election, Soludo should evaluate himself based on his campaign promises and not the achievements of previous APGA governors. It is unfortunate that the former Central Bank Governor has become so unpopular and lacks confidence in seeking a second term solely based on his own name and accomplishments.
The truth is that Soludo will be the last governor from APGA, and this is not up for negotiation. The people of Anambra State want to feel the positive impact of effective governance. They desire improved infrastructure, job opportunities, the possibilities of local government and council elections, security, and other benefits that come with democracy. Soludo and APGA have not only failed to deliver these, but they are also leading the state towards destruction.
Despite having a massive budget of over 400 billion naira with little to no funding deficits, Governor Charles Soludo and APGA cannot point to a single completed infrastructure project in the state in the past 20 months. Allowing APGA and Soludo another four years in power would mean the complete annihilation of Anambra State as residents and businesses continue to leave for neighboring states where basic amenities, effective governance and infrastructure are available.
Critic and public policy analyst, writes from Awka, Anambra State.