Joe C Anatune*
Writes from Awa



For Cee Cee Soludo, the November 6, 2021 Anambra Governorship election is about how he will lift many people trapped in the vicious stranglehold of poverty. He had been there, so he knows how it pinches. He has the best solutions too.

Today his meritorious rise to global recognition is an eloquent story of the village boy who made good against all odds. He is your typical grass to grace story which epitomizes the famous Anambra spirit that makes us to dream big and succeed big. His village name Charlie Nwamgbafor – Charles the child of Mgbafor has become a metaphor of the grim and gritty struggle to pull out from the rat race against vicissitudes of life. He lost his mother at the age of 8 years. He made good and is poised to devote his remaining days on earth to teaching others- the other Charlie Nwamgbafors who are currently where he used to be how to catch their own fish.

Grateful for the grace of God on his life, Cee Cee Soludo’s involvement in the contest is primarily to use the platform to assist the many still trapped in the valley of poverty to move to better stations in life. From my observatory, lifting the many trapped in the vicious grip of poverty and want has always defined his prodigious economic thoughts and policy prescriptions. His training as an economist and development expert prepared him for the roles he has played in this regard and is poised to play in Anambra state as governor.

Now for the sake of clarity, who are the other Charlie Nwamgbafors. They are the many who live below the poverty index. They are the boys and girls in our mist who cannot go to school because their parents cannot afford it. They are our next door neighbours who go through daily grinds but hardly can afford three square meals for their families. They are those market women whose total stock of food items for sale on roadsides may not be up to two thousand naira yet from there they fend for their families. They are the grassroots or critical mass who some politicians claim they know but have not truly helped or cannot figure how to help. Yet many of them prance about the nooks and corners of the state claiming they are grassroot politicians. What an irony!

Perhaps, you might have heard that Soludo plans to produce 1000 youth millionaires every year as governor. The multiplier effect of this plan will be very pronounced. But beyond this, his poverty elevation plan is broad and fundamental to accommodate the other Charlie Nwagbafors who are holding the scrappy end of the stick of social deprivation.

Of course, the how is that he will democratise or open up opportunities for all to strive as he did for Nigerians in his legacy bank consolidation, NEED, SEEDS and other pro people programmes he implemented in his previous public service.

Concluding, we are of the well considered opinion that the well being and welfare of the other Charlie Nwamgbafors should be the main issue on the ballot box. Let the contestation of ideas and values round this critical subject matter begin.

Be of good cheer.

*Joe C Anatune*
Writes from Awa

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