According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Soludo declared his intention to run on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Thursday in Awka, Anambra state capital.
Soludo said he has been a party man since 2013 and would be a better party man if APGA offered him the governorship ticket.
He promised to achieve victory for the party in a free and fair contest, hoping to leverage his international connections to transform the state.
The former CBN Governor said having served the global community, he was now poised to serve and develop Anambra which has experienced steady prosperity under APGA.
He pointed out that Willie Obiano, incumbent governor of Anambra, had done well and needed somebody in the system to succeed him and consolidate on his accomplishments.
Describing Obiano’s administration as one of the best in the country, Soludo rated the governor high on infrastructure development and regular payment of workers’ salaries in the face of dwindling finances.
“I granted an interview where they asked if I still stand by what I said in 2017 that ‘if Anambra is not broken, why mend it’ and I told them that Anambra is more sound now.
“In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Statistics conducted a survey and said the poverty rate in Anambra was 53 per cent.
“In 2020, it conducted another survey and said the poverty rate had gone down to 14.7 per cent, what else can you use to measure good governance?
“Anambra is doing well under Obiano, and my mission is to continue and complete all the legacy projects of the governor,” Mr Soludo said.
Chinedu Obidigwe, a federal lawmaker representing Anambra East and West Federal Constituency, thanked Soludo for accepting the call to join the governorship race and promised to support him.
Mr Obidigwe said Mr Soludo has paid his dues as a party man and a technocrat, and called on APGA to allow him to fly its flag as a sure way to victory.
The event was attended by APGA chieftains in the state, including the state chairman of the party, Nobert Obi.
KanyiDaily recalls that Emeka Ojukwu, son of the late Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, had also declared his interest to join the Anambra Governorship race.