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Anambra election: Andy Uba, Soludo trade words

Pascal Oparada

Andy Uba, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are at daggers drawn as the Anambra election holds this Saturday.

Soludo, governorship said Andy Uba, was a domestic staff to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Soludo said this on Monday during the Anambra governorship election debate organised by Arise TV.

During the debate, Soludo and Uba levelled accusations against one another.

In his remarks, Soludo claimed that Uba did not do anything meaningful for his people when he was a senator.

Responding, Uba said he mentioned Soludo’s name as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Obasanjo.

“You were saying that in my eight years in the senate I did not do anything. What did you do? I mentioned you as the central bank governor. What have you done so far?” the APC candidate asked.

“You haven’t done anything. They brought you to me. My brother brought you. How can you say what you don’t know?”

In his response to Uba, the former CBN governor claimed that the APC candidate forged his senior secondary school certificate which was presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“You don’t have a certificate. You forged it. I will show you here. Do you have a secondary school certificate?” Soludo queried.

“When did you graduate? You have a secondary certificate in 1974? You had SSCE in Enugu? It is a forgery! Your history is here. I can show it to you from INEC.”

Responding to Uba’s comment on the CBN job, Soludo said the APC candidate was not instrumental to his emergence as CBN governor, adding that Uba was a domestic staff in the presidential villa.

“I know Andy was a masseur in the US. He was a domestic staff in the villa, who cleans the president’s shoes,” he said.


“If throwing up my name gives Andy Uba a CV, then I will concede that too.”

Meanwhile, Uba said he was instrumental to Soludo’s appointment as governor Central Bank of Nigeria under President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Speaking during a debate organised by ARISE TV on Monday, Uba alleged that he recommended Soludo to Obasanjo.

He accused Soludo of being an ingrate, adding that Obasanjo made it clear that he was the reason for Soludo’s appointment.

“When he (Soludo) became the CBN Governor, he came to my house to say thank you. Also, when five Igwes [traditional rulers] came to thank the President after the appointment, he [Obasanjo] told them to go thank me instead.”

But Soludo maintained that he never knew Andy Uba until former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, introduced them at the Presidential villa.