Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has dismissed reports that he was interested in contesting this year’s Anambra gubernatorial election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said he was not a member of the APC and could not be contesting for its party nomination.
The state chairman of the party, Mr. Emeka Ibe, yesterday claimed that Soludo was among the contenders for the party’s nomination for the Anambra governorship election.
“We just discovered that Prof Soludo has not registered as a member of our party in his ward. And you know the journey begins from the ward,” he was quoted as saying.
“He is a big friend of us and a big friend to the APC Federal Government, but he must first register at his ward level before any other thing.
“For Mrs Uche Ekwunife, we just discovered that she might not want to run for this year’s governorship in the state.
“For these reasons we have decided to drop their names from the list of the governorship aspirants in the forthcoming election in the state on the platform of our party”, he added.
But Soludo, who expressed surprise at the APC’s claim, said he had received several calls, texts and emails seeking clarification on the matter since appearance of the said publications.
“I also sought and obtained the phone number of the said state chairman and spoke to him in order to ascertain the veracity of the story,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“I wish to clarify that I am not a member of the APC and could therefore not be contesting for its party nomination”, he declared.