Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6 Anambra State guber election, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, on Tuesday said he and a few other prominent Igbo Indigenes facilitated the release of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in 2017.
Soludo said he led 12 prominent Igbos to Abuja for the release of Kanu in 2017, while also noting that he would continue to protect the interest of Igbos in all their endeavours and incorporate them in his administration, especially in making public policies.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor spoke during an APGA political rally at Attani, Ogbaru Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra State, where he addressed party faithful and his supporters.
“Let me remind us that I have been championing the course of Igbos. In 2017, when Nnamdi Kanu was refused bail; I led 12-prominent personalities from Igboland to Kuje Prison, where we facilitated his release.
“I was the one that addressed journalists after the visit and a few days later, he was released. By that time, I did not know him. I am recalling this because we need to form a formidable force that will negotiate the progress and status of Igbos in Nigeria.
“We need a platform, where Igbos will be in the forefront and not at the rear, and APGA is the platform.
”Describing APGA leadership under Gov. Willie Obiano as the best that had touched every facet of development, the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor said the party was striving for greater speed to development and provision of basic infrastructures.