“Ndigbo should not allow him get away with this” – Igbo elders tackle Soludo over comments on Peter Obi

-Peter Obi, Gov.Charles Soludo

Following Anambra State governor, Charles Soludo verbal attacks on the presidential ambition of the Labour Party standard-bearer, Mr. Peter Obi, top Igbo Elders yesterday, took Soludo to the cleaners, urging him to shut up and stop embarrassing himself and Ndigbo through his utterances.

Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Prof ABC Nwosu, Achike Udenwa, Chekwas Okorie, and Prof Fabian Osuji, yesterday, expressed shock at the level Soludo would stoop in expressing his hostility towards Peter Obi who has never done  any thing to provoke him.

Expressing his dismay,  Prof. Fabian  Osuji, former Minister of Education under the Obasanjo administration said he was embarrassed by Soludo’s tirades on Peter Obi.

“I am thoroughly embarrassed about the level of hostility being exhibited by our brother and friend, Prof Charles Soludo towards Peter Obi. Soludo cannot claim to be self-made.

“People like us participated in making him. I was Prochancellor and Chairman of the Council at the University of Nigeria when his papers came for approval for Professorship. I could have found reason to withhold or deny  assent.

“But we put him out and praised his work. That made President Obasanjo appoint him as Economic Adviser without hesitation.

“Three years later, three of us: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili, and myself were attending a Conference in Brussels when President Obasanjo called Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who was Finance Minister to  ask for the nomination of Governor of Central Bank. We gave a unanimous vote for Prof Charles Soludo.

“As Ndigbo, we were proud to support our brother. He was not the sole candidate. Obasanjo gave him the position. Everyone rejoiced. That was the power of Umunna.

“Years later, I cannot imagine the same person who benefitted resoundingly from the support of Umunna being the one to pull down his brother who is enjoying overwhelming support elsewhere.

“I am truly ashamed of Soludo.  Ndigbo should not allow him to get away with this. He should be made to withdraw all his damaging statements against Obi. There is still time for him to reverse himself in this matter. Ndigbo must not allow him to get away with this”.

Reacting to the situation, a former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife said he was shocked by what Soludo was saying.

“I’m shocked. I’ve tried calling him and he is not answering. By now, he would have understood the impact of what he did and should go into hiding. But we must talk to him. It’s highly embarrassing. Someone who hasn’t done anything to you.”

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