Anambra governor-elect, Professor Charles Soludo, has stated that he woke up to more than 280 missed calls when he was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won with 112,229 votes beating Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) who polled 21,261 votes came fourth.
In an interview with Vanguard, Soludo when asked if other candidates had called to congratulate him said; “I received calls and spoken to a number of them even before the announcement of final result.
“Some even issued statements before the final result and even voted for us.
“I also reached out to some of them by call or text message. I will keep calling them to join us. Like I said when I ran before and didn’t win, I called the winner and congratulated him.
“I went to bed around 4 am and woke up to see more than 280 missed calls, so I don’t know who else might have called”.
He also noted that his “plan is to reach out to everyone to join us in serving Anambra people. It is about service and the job ahead which we have to involve everyone.
“I expect them to play crucial roles in actual government than in transition process. For me, my hand of fellowship is out and I will reach out to them to come up with their own ideas and they will be appreciated because we are stronger together.
“My major focus is value, everyone who has something to offer the people of Anambra in solving some of our problems is welcome and will be given opportunity. It is about problem-solving, creation of values and value-addition for people”.