Published on May 09, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that after President Muhammadu Buhari must have completed his two-term in office, it will be his turn to present himself to run for the President of this country. He added that he will not contest the 2019 presidential election because of his belief in President Buhari’s ability and commitment to lead Nigeria out of the woods
The Governor, who spoke in an interactive session with news men in Owerri, the state capital, said he would go back to the trenches after eight years of the Buhari administration, adding that he will not run for President as an Igbo man, but as a Nigerian who is accepted as a detribalized man all over the country.
Okorocha who said that Buhari has so far shown leadership and should be encouraged by all Nigerians, said: “the only reason on earth I would not contest the presidency in 2019 is because of President Muhammadu Buhari. I believe that President Buhari was called up at a time like this to clean up the mess in the society.
“I have been running for the presidency of this great nation until God said I should settle for the Imo governorship. And that passion to become the president of the country is not just borne out of the thirst for the position, but had arisen out of the eagerness to offer the nation and her people a strong leadership; the essence would be to build a nation of our collective dreams and aspirations.
“President Buhari came in almost one year now and within the one year, Nigeria has once again got the doors of the rest of the world opened for her. He has shown courage, confidence, maturity and strong leadership. There is now high feeling of leadership in the country.
“I am not even judging President Buhari in terms of achievements or general administration, but he is cleaning up the mess of the past administration and to lay a new foundation upon which subsequent administrations of Nigeria would depend upon.
“Anybody judging Buhari from the other side is not being fair to him. That is why I am supporting him and that is why I am with him. After President Buhari, I would be back to the trenches. When I will run for the president, I will not run for it as an Igbo man, but as a Nigerian. I am one Nigerian that is accepted all over this country and I am proud to say so. I am an Igbo man but I was born in the North and my empowerment and wealth came from the West. I cannot afford to be a tribalist. No, I am a complete detribalised man.
“I believe in one enclave called Nigeria and that is my mindset. We must bend down and lay a solid foundation for Nigeria once and for all without sentiments.”
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