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Avoid greedy politician if you must succeed, ex-PSC boss tells Soludo

Chief Simon Okeke
Prof. Soludo

By Joy Mbachi

Amichi (Anambra), Nov. 18, 2021

Former chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Chief Simon Okeke, has advised Anambra Governor–elect, Prof. Charles Soludo, to avoid greedy politicians if he wants to prove his governance ability and capability.

Okeke gave the advice during a press briefing in his country home, Amichi, Nnewi South Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

He said that these avaricious politicians can frustrate any administration, and are capable of stopping any government from fulfilling election promises to the people.

Okeke said that Soludo should learn from former governors in the country who failed by reason of listening to covetous politicians, who pose as godfathers as well as friends or relatives.

He said that Soludo has no reason to fail.

“Soludo must be wary of rapacious politicians who would be hovering around him, and advising him to share the money meant for the development of the state. He must learn how to say no to such advisers.

“The governor-elect has the capacity to take Anambra to the next level, given his knowledge, antecedents and vast connections, therefore no excuse for failure should come from him.

“For the little time I interacted with him, I found in him a person who has the capacity to turn the fortunes of the state around for the better,” Okeke said.

He said that Anambra electorate voted for Soludo because he promised that his international connections will make the light of the state to shine better, and to leave the state better than it is presently.

“We all believe him because of the legacy he left at the banking sector, when he was Central Bank of Nigerian governor.

“Citizens of Anambra hold him in very high esteem, and that was why he received massive support during the governorship election. He must not betray this confidence,” he added.

He also appealed to the Federal Government to review its stand on the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and address assumed injustices which led to their agitations.

He said that agitations by IPOB arose from felt marginalisation, inequality and lack of a level-playing ground for all to operate and noted that where there is no justice, agitations will continue to reign.

“I believe strongly that if adequate attention is given to their cause and equity is assured, the agitations will die down,” he said.

Okeke also urged the government to ensure equality and equity in the leadership of the country at the centre and address the issue as it is one of the agitations that has kept the country divided.

He said that since inception of the country, Nigeria has not elected a president of South East extraction. While all other geographical-political zones have had their own fair shares.

Okeke said that the region has people, who if given the opportunity to become president, can turn the fortunes of the country around.

He noted that the continued deprivation of the region of the opportunity to produce the president does not, in any way, show justice, equity and fair play,” he said.

“Igbo people of South East extraction have sound materials for president,” he said and urged Nigerians to give the South East the opportunity to serve the country in that capacity come 2023.

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