Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State says Igbos will support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-elections bid.
The governor said this on Tuesday during a mega rally organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the President in Owerri, the Imo State capital
“Igbos never believed in Buhari in 2015 but 2019 Igbos have declared for Buhari,” he said while addressing a crowd of APC supporters.
President Buhari has declared his intention to run for re-election in February 2019 and his party, the APC, is working to consolidate its power and ensure his success.
As part of efforts to unite the party ahead of the general elections, former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, was chosen as the National Chairman of the party.
Governor Okorocha believes the emergence of Oshiomhole as National Chairman of the party and recent developments has re-positioned it for the 2019 general elections.
“This man (Oshiomhole) coming is like a beacon of hope for the APC,” he said.
“Mr Comrade, this party looks up to you. And I am sure that you will deliver. You have delivered as a governor, you have delivered as a union leader, you will deliver as the National Chairman of the APC,” he stated.
Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), argued that the belief that the ruling party is not strong in the eastern part of the country is faulty.
“We also want to correct the impression that there is no APC in the South East which has led to some of our leaders in Abuja negotiating with the governors in the South East to vote for Buhari for President to gain their support in return.
“Ladies and gentlemen, that act can best be described in the Rochas dictionary as an act of Iberiberism. If anybody wants to support APC, it must be total. There is no partial support for APC for President and support the governor differently.”