Nollywood actress Chioma Ifemeludike has announced her support for Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo following his assault on Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
In an open letter, Soludo stated that Peter Obi cannot win the next elections. Soludo also disputed Obi’s alleged large investment during his tenure as governor of Anambra State.
Part of his letter reads: “My attention has been drawn to some of the tirades on social media following my frank response during an interview on Channels TV regarding the “investments” Mr. Peter Obi claimed to have made with Anambra state revenues. Sadly, several of the comments left the issue of the interview to probe or suggest motives, inferred from my response on “investment” that I am opposed to Peter Obi’s ambition and therefore committed a “crime” for which the punishment is internecine abuse and harassment even to my family. Some people even suggest that the gunmen who went to attack a checkpoint at my hometown on Saturday 12th November but were gunned down was part of the mob reaction. I used to think that for decent people, certain conducts are off-limits, and that in Anambra, politics is not warfare.
Of course, as a Christian, I know that telling the truth can be very costly, even suicidal. Our Lord and saviour was crucified simply for telling the truth the people did not want to hear. I promised that I won’t be the usual politician, and will not knowingly lie to the people. I am not an Angel but rather than knowingly repeat the same deceitful character that politicians are known for, I would leave public office. It is a vow I made to my God and to my family. Only God knows how many days I will be on this seat but whether I am on it or not I will always say it as it is – knowing fully the suicidal consequences of telling the truth in a political arena, especially in a country where lying and deceit by politicians have become culture and celebrated as being “smart.”
On her part, Chioma Ifemeludike declared her support for Soludo via her Instagram page where she wrote: “‘I stand with Charles Soludo. The governor of Anambra state may not be my favourite person right now but I respect him for speaking up even in the most difficult and tough situation. How can a person who worked, canvassed and participated in the most corrupt political party in Africa for years suddenly become a saint? we cant continue with lies.”