Anambra Youths under the umbrella of ‘Youth Earnestly Seek Soludo’ have reechoed call for the election of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the next executive governor of the state.
The group made the call in the 2020 Carol of Nine lessons organized by Youth Earnestly Seek Soludo, YESS, through the convener Dr Nelson Omenugha, a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.
Nelson Omenugha who spoke to newsmen at the event said that YESS comprises youths who are very passionate about Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo as well as who believe in his person and are honestly praying for his victory to take Anambra State to the next level.
Speaking on the expectation of the group in the 2021 gubernatorial election in the state, Omenugha opined that people are clamouring for the former CBN governor because of his endearing qualities which according to him is visible in his past leadership character as well as undiluted capacity to execute ideas and project with precision.
According to him, Anambra needs a thorough economist. One with international exposure that is locally relevant to pilot the ship of the state especially in the post-covid-19 era that is besieged with the huge economic downturn.
Even as he hinted that Governor Willie Obiano has done well in his tenure as governor of the state, the YESS convener said that Soludo will do more by taking up from where the governor left off to a greater height that Anambra would be proud of.”
Speaking about the carol of Nine lessons organized by YESS, Omenugha noted that YESS Carol is one of the activities put forward to end the year stronger and in a high spirit. He described the outgoing year as a very challenging one to Nigerians adding that the YESS movement designed the program to enable the members who are mostly youths to feel the breeze of Christmas.
“We put forward this carol as a means of bringing the leadership of this YESS in different wards of different local governments and zones in the state together so that we appreciate them for staying strong to achieve the ambition of YESS.
“We are also very passionate about rewarding and showing gratitude to all those persons that have been investing, committing their resources, time, and talents to YESS. What we are doing in YESS is to join hands together to ensure that our mission is progressing and this is an opportunity to appreciate them.
Also speaking, a member representing Njikoka II in the state House of Assembly, Hon Pete Ibida noted that the event was a unification factor as it brought Anambra youths together to sing soulful songs to God.
He said that as the people are preparing for the next coming of Christ, the same way they are preparing for the coming of the next governor urging the people of Anambra to sustain the existing peace and harmony in the state as according to him, peace is sacrosanct.
Managing Director Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Sir Jude Emecheta while stating the significance of the event said that 2020 has been a pandemic year and that Christians should glorify God for surviving the pandemic and other challenges that came with the year.
Emecheta who is also the chairman, ‘Anambra Demand Soludo’ urged the people to celebrate but should be conscious of the COVID -19 which according to him still wreaks havoc in some parts of the society. He advised the people not to neglect wearing face masks and other measures as advised by governments.
Addressing newsmen at the occasion, governorship aspirant in the Anambra 2021 election Prof Charles Soludo while commending Omenugha led YESS for their commitment and deeming it fit to organize such event stated that it shows that the society has a united youth that can be trusted and who are ready to take over in the future.
Prof Soludo who was represented by the commissioner for public utilities, Engr Emeka Ezenwanne hinted that the future is safe with the present crop of youths adding that the youths have shown enough organizational commitment which according to him, is second to none.
Meanwhile, Nwankwo Emmanuel Chukwuka, the YESS secretary described the carol as first of its kind. He said it is the first time such a festival is holding in the state and expressed optimism at associating with Soludo.
He said the essence of the carol is to thank YESS members who have contributed immensely to the success of YESS and to encourage them not to lose faith in the vision for a better Anambra.
He said that the vision of the group is for Prof Soludo to appropriate leadership of the state in the 2021 governorship election.
Earlier in his message, President of Anambra Praise International, Bishop I. G Orizu said that the YESS movement should be encouraged in their bid to champion Anambra state in 2021.
Bishop Orizu who was represented by the prayer leader, Maduka Iloh said that the essence of carol is to rejoice over what God has done adding that people gathered to celebrate over the extraordinary things God did in their lives.
The ABS heartbeat and Austica Nanka Memorial Choral groups trilled the teeming dignitaries at the event with their scintillating choral performances alongside a lone performance by Anthony Onuorah and others.