-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME:
PROFESSOR Chukwuma Charles Soludo is undoubtedly, a renowned personality. He is from a large tribe of public intellectuals known for their lucidity in juxtaposing hypotheses and theories against the naked reality of the Nigerian situation.
During the prelude to the election proper, Soludo dazzled and shone like a million stars in an organised debate for the governorship aspirants by Arise Television.
Among other things, he seems to have a better grasp of the issues under discourse than the rest aspirants and a thorough understanding of where the solutions lie.
But the louder noise, orchestrated by the deeper pockets of his fierce contemporaries seems to ridicule and made lesser, whatever remains of Soludo self-proclaimed and widely acclaimed intellectualism.
Even though he was anointed and chosen by incumbency, many were of the opinion that Governor Obiano’s lack-lustre performance coupled with the stigma of a tribal and “bigoted” party like APGA, the Professor couldn’t stand any chance.
But every politics is first of all, local. And as a local contest as the gubernatorial election is, APGA remained the party to beat despite APC’s advertised invincibility and the cult followership and oratory of the PDP’s candidate, Valentine Ozigbo.
Ozigbo’s manifesto was rich, altruistic and ambitious. But Soludo, over time, had his in print such that when he finally captures the reins of power, the people will have a reference document to draw his attention to all the time. This is the stuff with which, academicians are made.
As at the time of writing, Prof Soludo and APGA have already won 17 out of the 19 announced local government election results, leading with over 99,000 votes so far.
Truly, this professor might just be coasting home to victory to the consternation of political pundits, his traducers and those who love him alike. May Soludo becomes the solution Anambra people deserve.
- Austen AKHAGBEME is a Columnist with Blank NEWS Online
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