The Senator representing Imo West senatorial district and former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, said that its time for the presidency to return to the East after so many years.
The senator said this in Owerri yesterday, when a group called Igbo’s for Rocha’s 2023 President, led by Jeff Nwaoha, from the five states of the Southeast zone, came to see him.
Okorocha said that all regions have produced a president and it’s only the Southeast region that is yet to occupy the number one position in the country.
It was Okorocha’s believe that the Igbo would bring a new dawn in Nigeria, should they be given the chance as well as to make Nigeria greater to compete economically with other developed countries.
Senator Okorocha further said that: “I am happy because you find me worthy. I am happy because you have made huge sacrifices driving through the long distance to meet with me on Nigeria presidency. I have read in between lines of your submission. That you want a Nigeria presidency of Igbo extraction. And you have found me worthy for this position. I feel honoured and I am happy.
“Let me salute you in the manner which you have conducted yourself in a more peaceful approach and this is commendable.
“It is true that Igbo are highly misunderstood but allow me to say that Igbo are the most peaceful Nigerians and wherever you find them they are building bridges of peace and economic development. The Igbos are the only people that have invested more outside than what they had invested in their own land.”
He added: “Igbo people alone cannot make the president of Nigeria. We need the support of other regions of this country to produce the president of Nigeria. We need the Hausa, Yoruba and other regions to be able to produce the presidency.
“For me, I have ran for this office of the presidency using different political parties and up to three times now, I have ran for the office of the presidency under the ANPP, and the second time under PDP, the third time in APC, and now If I must run it is for the unity of Nigeria. If I must run, it must be for the empowerment of the youths of Nigeria, and if I must run for the presidency, it will be to make this nation compete with other greater nations of the world economically.”
Okorocha pointed out that, “The North has produced a president, the West has produced the president and the South-south has also produced a president of this country and we have seen all they have done. It is time for Igbo to produce a president and let us see how the Igbo will change this country.”
For the Igbo’s to take presidency in 2023 there has to be a coming together in unison, which has to be geared by the Igbo’s states so as to have enough support to come out tops in the Election as they can’t do it alone certainly, Rocha’s several times have also stressed on that. Remember that in the last General Election we had an Easterner in Mr Peter Obi who contested as the Vice President for the Peoples Democratic Party who lost in slim merging to the All progressive Congress.
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