Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State who spoke during a breakfast meeting with journalists at the Government House stated that he is more favoured to become the first President of Igbo extraction.
The Imo State Governor who noted that he commands massive followership beyond the Southeast much more than any other Igbo politician, lamented over what he called the pull-him-down attitude among Igbo political elites, stressing that he won’t be relying on the support of the Igbos to pursue and actualize his Presidential ambition.
“It is unfortunate that we the Igbo don’t celebrate our own, we are only interested how to destroy our own”.
“I stand a better chance of making the Presidency in 2023 but my greatest challenge will come from the Igbo. It is our character. It will be a foolish thing to imagine that the Igbo will support me”.
On the reelection of President Buhari in 2019 Presidential election, Governor Rochas Okorocha disclosed that the Igbos are mobilizing to give him landslide victory. This is not the first time Rochas Okorocha has announced his presidential ambition.
The Governor who hosted some political stakeholders at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital few months ago, had said Buhari’s declaration for a second term was a good development and that “he will win again, just like he did in 2015”.
“Buhari will win again and again. After Buhari, the turn will come to south-east and it will be the turn of Okorocha,” he said.
Also reacting to criticism of his endorsement of Nwosu as his successor, the Governor said his (Nwosu’s) “only sin is that he is my son-in-law”.
“Nwosu is the least of the political children I have trained but I don’t know any of them as much as I have known Nwosu.
“I took him up when he was just nobody and he grew to the height he is now, his only sin is that he is my son-in-law.
“Nwosu will win in 2019, don’t be afraid, I am there, I have retired the Arthur Nzeribes, the Udenwas, now I will retire the rest of them finally, I know them and they know me, their plan is to push me so that they can get the senate, it’s a lie, I will run for the senate as well,” he said.