Charles Soludo, governor of Anambra State, has hosted People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential contender Atiku Abubakar while snubbing the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
On Thursday, while in the state to continue his presidential rally, Atiku was hosted by Soludo, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria when Atiku was Vice President. They met at the government house in Awka.
Atiku led the economic team while Soludo oversaw the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the two men became close colleagues.
Once a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the former CBN governor defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2013 after his 2010 PDP governorship attempt failed.
In 2021, he ran for governor of APGA and ultimately was elected. In the year 2022, he took the oath of office.
APGA has Peter Umeadi running for president, but Soludo says there are only two serious contestants.
According to him, next year’s presidential election would come down to two candidates: Atiku of the PDP and Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
While hosting Atiku on Thursday, he reiterated his former position that Obi was not a candidate for president, as he had written on November 14, 2022.
In the letter, he made fun of the Labour Party, calling it “a political party recognized as a transit camp for aspirants who lost primaries in APC, PDP, and APGA.”
The letter he sent was not well received by Obi’s supporters, and it contained the following statement: “Peter Obi realizes that he can’t and won’t win.” He is well aware of the game he is playing, and he is also aware that we are aware of it.
He didn’t go back to APGA primarily because of the game he’s playing. There are only two people or parties genuinely running for president (some will say “God forbid”), therefore everything else is just thrilling theater.
As had been said, of course you know you are one of the two main contenders for the president of Nigeria,” Soludo said to Atiku during his stay, referring to himself and Tinubu.
And in the fullness of time we are going to have a talk,” Soludo said.
He said, “I’m in politics, I’m still grappling whether I have become a politician or not,” in a video tape of the meeting that was sent to our correspondent.
While welcoming them, he added, “I said it as it is, for the sake of this country, for the sake of Nigeria, let me on behalf of the government of the good people of Anambra, the light of the nation welcome you.”
The governor asked Atiku to “reconstruct federal roads in the state,” “manage erosion,” and “dredge the River Niger” if he were to win the 2023 presidential election in February, and Atiku announced this during his rally.