Prof. Charles Soludo/Photo: Facebook/Soludo TV
Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been sworn-in as the sixth governor of Anambra State in a discreet event that took place at the Government House on Thursday. Soludo succeeds Chief Willie Obiano.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor took the oath of office alongside his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.
There was heavy security presence at the venue, hours before the event as guests began to arrive for the programme. Routine security checks were carried out on them before entering the venue.
A circular by the state government showed that about 50 persons were invited for the ceremony as Soludo said he wanted a low-profile event
Thursday’s swearing-in is the culmination of a series of events leading to the handover. A day earlier, the former governor had handed over some state documents to the new leader.
In his farewell speech, Obiano had thanked the state for the privilege to serve, asking for forgiveness from those he offended. According to him, his intentions were pure even though he might have stepped on some toes.
He believes in his eight-year stint, his administration delivered on his campaign promises.
Soludo’s inauguration came about four months after a landslide victory in the governorship poll. The flagbearer of APGA defeated his closest rival, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Valentine Ozigbo.
Soludo won 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state to clinch the post. He got 112,229 votes, twice higher than Ozigbo who had 53,807 votes.
A month after he won the election, a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit to invalidate the victory.
The suit sought to nullify his win on allegations that Soludo provided false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Taiwo Taiwo in dismissing the suit said it lacked merit and was a waste of the court’s time. He told the plaintiffs not to use the court as a tool to stagnate democracy and also awarded N2 million to APGA, Soludo, and Ibezim who were the second, third, and fourth respondents in the suit. INEC was the first defendant.