I Am Not Afraid Of Soludo – Ngige

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Anambra State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Dr Chris Ngige has said he is not afraid of facing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, in next year’s poll.
Ngige, who spoke at an interactive session with select media executives in Abuja, urged Soludo to remember that academic credentials are different from political credentials.
His words: “Soludo is already in the ring and if he is eventually ratified by his party and independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), we will throw punches in the ring together.
“If a lightweight comes to fight a heavy-weight in the ring, you can predict the outcome.”
“I know that Soludo has good academic credentials, but I don’t know if he has political credentials. But he has joined the race and let us see how it will work out.”
Ngige said he could not be intimidated by “federal might or PDP.”
“I don’t know why you want me to be scared or frightened. We are going for election and the electoral powers belong to the people.
“I don’t know what you mean by Federal Power” The police, INEC or the Army belong to the people of Nigeria. I don’t see why I should be scared or frightened.
“I was a member of the PDP. They know me and I know them,” he said. The former governor faulted PDP’s claim that his popularity cannot translate to votes.
“The PDP’s claim that I am only popular is a prelude to a step of somebody who believes in rigging.
“From my global experience, popularity always translates to votes. When people see a politician that has served well in a capacity before, they are ready to die for him.
“I want to disabuse the mind of the people that my popularity cannot win votes.
“Anambra people are not talking about parties, they are talking about individuals,” he said.
Asked why he wants to be the governor again, Ngige said: “this question keeps on coming up but I will continue to do justice to it.”
In summary, when running for the governorship election in 2003, I had a blueprint which I wanted to execute for the people of Anambra State.
“For the 33 months I was in office, I was able to execute only 25 per cent of the blueprint. And my successor has not been able to improve on what I did.
“I felt I should come back and do a second missionary journey in that place. I want to see if I can execute the remaining 75 per cent of the blueprint.
“I have taken away about three to four years from government to look at the situation, my weaknesses and strength and I decided to come back.”