There Is No Space For Igbo Presidency In 2023 – Rochas Okorocha Declares

According to reports from THE CABLE, the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who is now the Senator representing Imo west in the National Assembly, has said “Igbo presidency” does not exist.

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This is coming as a surprise as Okorocha who is himself an Igbo man, had earlier stated his intention to run for the post of President in the near future.

Okorocha made this declaration as he spoke to journalists after he was sworn into the Senate on Thursday, saying that the south-east region would have to work hard in order to earn the position of Presidency.

Okorocha had been questioned on if there was any possibility that his party the All Progressives Congress (APC), would give its presidential ticket to a South Easterner.

The former Governor had this to say, democracy is about “the people and south-east alone cannot make themselves president.”

“Power is not given, power is taken. The south-east cannot just fold their arms and expect power to be given to them just because you want power. Power does not go with sentiment some of the times, it’s on issues on ground.”

“So you cannot be talking about Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist. We may be talking about Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geo-political zones think about the issue.

“For me, what is important is let power be given to somebody who has something upstairs who can put food on the table of common man irrespective of religion or where you come from, Okorocha said.

Rochas Okorocha had as well said that it would be “very surprising” for him if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) decided to appeal against the verdict which had compelled it to issue a certificate of return to him.

“Duress means using mild or excessive force to compel someone to do something he or she does not want to do,” he said.

“How would you have done that in a returning hall where you have police, SSS and party agents? And in my own person walking with gun or machete asking them to write result on my behalf.

“That didn’t happen. I think there is more to duress than duress itself,” he said.

It will be recalled that Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), had during the build-up to the past general election, requested of the south easterners to support President Buhari so that they could be given the ticket of the party in 2023 to run for the post.

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