- Governor Okorocha urged Nigerians to support President Buhari in 2019
- The Imo governor said most of his colleagues are in support of the president
- He said no one can defeat him except Buhari in a presidential election
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that only two politicians are against President Muhammadu Buhari contesting for presidency in 2019 and urged them to change their minds.
Vanguard reports that the Imo state governor spoke at the government House, Owerri, when members of Democratic Youth Congress (DYC) for Buhari paid him a visit.
Okorocha said he was confident that he would win if he contests for president but said he chose to step down because of President Buhari.
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He noted that the country was going through a difficult period and that Buhari is the best man to handle the country.
Okorocha said all southeast governors have chosen to support President Buhari’s second term ambition.
He said: “I must say to all of you that I believe in the youths of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and I am happy to see you form an association called Democratic Youth Congress, DYC.
“The country is passing through a crucial moment. There was a time speculations were in the mind of some people that the President might not make it back and it takes people of unusual faith at that time to say Buhari will continue in 2019.
“I am a believer of Buhari. I made it clear, years ago that if President Mohammadu is running for President, I will not run.
“I am sure that my statement came as a shock to most Nigerians that I have subsumed my President ambition to someone and this is the first time I have taken such a step.
“There is no better time to have a President if not Buhari. I have seen Presidents but I have not seen the President and Vice President that have worked as brothers as Buhari and Osibanjo.
“I have looked at the political situation and I have done the political calculations, and found out that the best thing that can happen to Nigeria is to allow Buhari completes his term.
“I did not step down for Buhari because of popularity, religiosity, I step down for whom he is. I want him to run and he will have my support.
“I want to also appeal to those who have Presidential ambition to shelve this ambition. This because our nation is going through a challenging moment and it requires a man of his calibre.
“I am very happy to announce that most of the governors of Nigeria, are in support of President Mohammadu Buhari. Whether PDP, APC, APGA all the governors except one or two.
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“We are having a situation in Nigeria where all the parties will present one candidate. All the Southeast governors are in support of Buhari. In the entire South South same, also that of South west including all the Northern regions. The one or two persons will make up their minds in no distance time.
“If not for Buhari that made me to step down my ambition who else, because minus President Buhari, I can defeat any of them in the Presidential race. Again, I want people not to use the Anambra election to judge the support President Buhari. What happened that there was internal disagreement among the party leaders in that state.”
NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Okorocha congratulated Chief Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra state, over his reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Okorocha also used the opportunity to urge his own party, the All Progressives Congress to resolve all internal wrangling ahead of future elections in the country.
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