Despite the initial setback occasioned by yesterday’s publication of list of candidates and their running mates for the November sixth gubernatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which failed to recognize Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, different support groups are still mobilizing support for the former Nigerian apex bank boss turned politician.
One of such support groups is the Academics and Students Forum of the Soludo Support Group, inaugurated yesterday in Awka.
Correspondent David Okpokwasili reports that the academics and students are drawn from all the campuses of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State Polytechnic Mgbakwu, Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe, Federal College of Education Technical Umunze, University of Nigeria Nsukka and from other tertiary and higher institutions in Anambra State and different parts of Nigeria.
The convener of Soludo Support Group, Mr. Chinedu Nwoye said support for Professor Soludo is support for a better future for Ndị Anambra, noting that their principal has the capacity to lead Anambra State to the future that will fulfill the dreams of present and future generations.
Mr. Nwoye, who is also the chairman, All Soludo Support Groups, asked the supporters not to be dismayed by the temporary setback caused by the Court Order issued to INEC, but to continue to support him as the matter has been appealed against at a higher court.
In an opening remark, the coordinator of the forum, Professor Arinze Chinweuba described Professor Soludo as a blessing to Anambra State and Nigeria, who was spectacular in rejuvenating the economy in Nigeria when he was at the helm of affairs of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Professor Chinweuba said the group is to mobilize students, academics, and other stakeholders in the academic community, who share in the developmental vision and mission of Professor Soludo.
Other leading members of the group including Professor Nkiru Orji, and the local government coordinator of Soludo Support Group, Ihiala Local Government Area, Chief Ifeanyi Orjiakor said it was necessary to involve those in the academic sector as education is a very important part of the society.
Some of the coordinators, including the zonal coordinator, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Dr. Chigozie Ntomchukwu, pledged their commitment in carrying out the new responsibility bestowed on them.
The inauguration and decoration of the campus and zonal coordinators of the Academics and Students Forum, Soludo Support Group were the climax of the event.