Since Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the just- concluded 2021 Anambra state governorship election, was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), rumours have continued to make rounds about an alleged plot by the former Governor of Central Bank (CBN), to defect to the country’ s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It should be recalled that the rumours claimed that the defection of Soludo, and the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to the APC, was one of the conditions that the Presidency gave the incumbent Governor, to allow the election to be free and fair.
However, the rumor has now been debunked by the National Co- ordinator of APGA Media Warriors, Chinedu Obigwe (source: The Punch Newspaper). According to the report, Obigwe alleged that there is no iota of truth in the rumour.
Despite this, it is my view that the possibility of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, and Governor Willie Obiano, defecting to the APC, should not be totally ruled out.
The reason for this is that there is no smoke without fire. Apart from that, the APGA does not have the national spread like the APC, or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
With this, it is arguable that there is no other possible political office for the outgoing Governor if he should remain with the APGA.
As such, joining another party could be seen as the next move in an attempt to climb the political ladder.
The implication of this is that Governor Obiano could as well convince his right- hand man, and successor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, to join the APC.
This could be seen as a way of pushing the incumbent Governor up the ranks of the APC, as an additional state would be well- appreciated by the APC, particularly in the South- East region where it finds it difficult to win an election.
In my view, this could be a way the incoming Governor would reward the incumbent for his support towards his election victory.
Arguably, adding Anambra to the state’ s under the control of the APC through defection, could help Governor Obiano secure a national appointment after leaving office.
Therefore, one may not be surprised to see Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, and Governor Willie Obiano, defect to the APC in line with the rumours that are already making rounds.