Soludo
Prof Charles Soludo

The incoming Governor of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo has dedicated his victory in Saturday’s governorship poll to the three policemen killed by unknown gunmen during a town hall meeting in his ward.

Soludo, who described the election as a reflection of the will of the people, promised to deliver on his campaign promises.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria spoke during an acceptance speech shortly after he was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday morning.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the Returning Officer of the Anambra Governorship Election, Prof Florence Obi, declared Soludo the winner of the election at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State.

In his speech, the 61-year-old remembered the three policemen killed when he was attacked by gunmen in April 2021 during a town hall meeting in his hometown in Isuofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said, “Let me say with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept them results of the 2021 Anambra Governorship Election as declared by INEC. And this reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and an overwhelming sacred mandate of the people…This is a divine journey whose time has come.

“At this moment we must remember and must continue to remember all those who died during the course of this moment, especially the three policemen who were killed by unknown gunmen during our town hall meeting with youths in my ward. May God continue to grant their soul eternal rest.

“The election itself tested the integrity of our federal institutions. Many times there were tensions, especially as one party boasted that it must take or ‘conquer’ but the judiciary stood for the integrity of the judiciary,” he said.

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Soludo will be sworn into office sometime in March 2021 after the expiration of the current tenure of incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano.

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