Soludo hails woman who rejected rival party agents' N5,000

According to him, Onuegbusi is a 'virtuous woman' who exhibited the true spirit of a typical Anambra person.
Soludo hails woman who rejected rival party agents' N5,000
Obiano, Mrs. Eunice Ngozi OnuegbusiWuzupNigeria

Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, on Friday hailed the elderly female voter, Mrs. Eunice Ngozi Onuegbusi, who was spotted in a viral video rejecting the N5,000 offered by party agents at the just-concluded State governorship election.

Soludo who described the woman as virtuous said she exhibited the true spirit of a typical Anambra person.

The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria said this while receiving his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission in Awka.

Soludo said, “At this moment, I summarize the action of the woman of Ukwulu who rejected N5000 to influence her voting as a metaphor that represents the spirit of Anambra.

"The woman said I am poor; I don’t have any money in my pocket, but I won’t take N5,000. That is the spirit of Anambra and her action is the resilience of the Anambra spirit.

“This is the moment, and the hour has come. God knew that at this hour, my deputy and I will have these certificates in our hands. We thank God for making this day. This is Anambra, the Light of the Nation. This is the state that helped to bring democracy in Nigeria. This is the state of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr.Nwafor Orizu, Sir Loius Ojukwu, Professor Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie and many others.

“We can never take for granted the determination of the various institutions that saw us to this day, starting from the presidency, the president himself and the security agencies for insisting on a level-playing field and we want to say that the era when some people would sit somewhere and write results is over.

“In the build up to the election, there were tense moments because we were told repeatedly that some people said they had decided to conquer and take Anambra, In Anambra we don’t take, we make the people to vote. And I am glad that the federal agencies, from the presidency and the national institutions, insisted on ensuring free and fair election.

“I have to single out two institutions namely, the judiciary and INEC because as part of this process, the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, stood out to ensure the integrity of the judiciary. Without that, we won’t be here today. It’s a long story.

“I want to commend INEC which was consistently assuring us of its determination to conduct this election. Even when people said it was impossible to conduct the election, the Commission believed that it was possible, having set its agenda in terms of execution."

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