Ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, has said he would not run in the Anambra state governorship election scheduled for later this year.
Media reports quoting sources from the All Progressives Congress in Anambra had listed Mr. Soludo among 13 politicians planning to bid for the ticket of the party for the election expected to hold in November.
Soludo, a professor, said he was not a member of the APC.
Punch had earlier reported that Emeka Ibe, Chairman of the APC in Anambra state, on Tuesday, January 24, in Awka named aspirants who had declared interest in running under the party.
Among the 13 aspirants named were Soludo, Tony Nwoye, and a former Senator, Uche Ekwunife.
But Soludo in a statement on Wednesday was particular about a publication in the Vanguard Newspaper on Wednesday, January 25.
He said “My attention has been drawn to a publication in the Vanguard Newspaper of Wednesday, January 25, 2017 entitled: “Andy Uba, Soludo, Others battle for APC Gov ticket” in which the state chairman of the party was reported to have listed my name among those contesting for the party’s nomination for the Anambra governorship election.
“Since the said publication, I have received hundreds of calls, texts and emails seeking clarification on the matter. 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, and he confirmed to me that he was mis-reported.
“Consequently, I wish to clarify that I am not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and could therefore not be contesting for its party nomination,” Mr. Soludo added.
With the successive victories of the APC in Edo and Ondo states governorship elections recently, there had been reports of Anambra politicians defecting to the APC in a bid to contest for the party’s ticket in the forthcoming Anambra polls.
Political watchers had argued that Anambra may succumb to the bandwagon effect and elect a governor on the platform of the APC.