Leaders of thought from Enugu and Ebonyi States have urged the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to make himself available for the presidential election, which comes up in 2015. Two delegations from Enugu and Ebonyi states led by Gen. Joseph Okoloagu Chief Ben Nwaobasi respectively said after a thorough scrutiny of the records of prominent Igbo politicians, none has the credentials that matches Okorocha’s, to lead Nigeria of today. The group made this known when they visited the governor at the
Government House in Owerri.
They said it is the turn of Ndigbo to produce the next president for the country, appealing to other ethnic nationalities to support the quest by Ndigbo for the presidency in 2015.
They urged the governor to contest the presidency, to fill the protracted political vacuum in the South-east. “We are in Imo State to show our solidarity with the governor for his landmark achievements in infrastructural development and free education among others. “We the political leaders from the opposition parties in Enugu state are looking forward to your encouragement and support; we have come to identify with you and solicit your support to build APC in Enugu state,” Okoloagu said.
He described Okorocha as an epitome of good governance and true leadership whose capacity to lead Ndigbo is not in doubt. On his part, Nwaobasi said his team was in Imo state to pay a solidarity visit to Okorocha for his exemplary leadership to Ndigbo, and also solicit his support for the success of APC in Ebonyi state. In his response, Okorocha assured his guests that the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC) would wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015. He described APC as a child of circumstance, which arose from the desire by Nigerians to reap the dividends of democracy. Said he: “APC is a product of the yearnings of the people, for a change that will bring about true democracy in Nigeria. It is a fact that PDP has failed the people of the South-east and Nigerians in general, and that informed this mission of providing a credible platform that will represent an alternative and acceptable government different from the PDP.”
The governor explained that APC is neither an alliance nor a coalition, but a merger that is borne out of genuine concern of progressive Nigerians who are committed to take the country to the desired level. He submitted that PDP has failed the country and continued to deny Ndigbo their rightful place in the scheme of things, describing the situation as a clear case of marginalization where an Igbo man is not occupying any of the principal positions as President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives or Chairman of the ruling party. The Governor advised the people to be courageous, focused and resolute, assuring them that APC would be registered despite plots by some forces to thwart the registration.