Charles Soludo has been declared the winner of the Anambra governorship election which was held on Saturday, November 6, and ended on Wednesday, November 10.
He was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which automatically makes him the next governor of Anambra state.
Here are six important things you need to know about the newly elected Anambra state governor.
1. First Class Economics Graduate
Soludo was born on July 28, 1960, in Isuofia- Aguata, LGA, Anambra state. He studied Economics at the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he bagged a B.Sc (First Class Hons) in 1984.
Despite losing his mom at a tender age, Soludo kept a high-flyer status in school.
2. Award-Winning Student
The APGA governorship candidate was a prolific macroeconomist who obtained his three degrees and then a professorship at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Enugu State.
For his first degree at UNN, the former CBN governor clinched the departmental and Faculty prizes as best graduating student.
Soludo also bagged his Ph.D. (1989) in Econometrics/Monetary Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and won the Vice-Chancellor’s award.
3. An Extraordinary Lecturer and Author
Prof. Charles, who is popularly known as a public policy expert and politician, started his lecturing career at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
By 1999, Soludo became a visiting professor at the Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA, and also a lecturer at Oxford, Cambridge, and Warwick University.
In addition, he has also been a guest scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Brookings Institution.
4. Legendary Consultant
The Aguata born economist has worked as a consultant for numerous international firms such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), Abidjan, The World Bank, Washington DC, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, DC, and so on.
5. Appointee of two presidents (Obasanjo & Buhari)
Based on his wealth of knowledge and expertise, Professor Soludo was invited to serve his country in 2003 as the Chief Economic Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission of Nigeria.
In May 2004, he was made governor and chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Also in 2019, due to his impressive work while in charge of the CBN, Soludo was named as a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Advisory Council.
6. Father of Six
Aside from being a public figure, Prof. Soludo is a proud husband and a father of six children. One of his children, Ozonna is a musician, making waves in the Nigerian music industry.