Soludo polled 112,229 votes to win election
Nigerian Professor of Economics, Chuwkuma Soludo who is best remembered for supervising Nigeria’s banking sector consolidation, has been elected the governor of Nigeria’s Southeast state of Anambra.
Nigeria’s election body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Prof. Soludo, who contested on the platform of a regional All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party, the winner after he polled a total of 112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Valentine Ozigbo of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807.
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Anambra, home of hundreds of successful traders and billionaires in Nigeria’s southeast region is an economically important state in Nigeria, especially because of Onitsha, an economic hub for commerce and industry on the bank of the Niger River. Many hope that the election of Prof. Soludo will deepen the state’s economic footprint.
Soludo, born on July 28, 1960, hails from Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. He obtained a first degree in Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and worked in many National and international organisations including the World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for West Africa and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Prof Soludo was the Economic Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission among other achievements.