Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday declared to run for the presidency under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He made the declaration at a rally organized for him by the Enugu APC at the Igbozurume Hall, in Emene, Enugu State. The Governor said Jonathan is not an Igbo man and that the PDP-led government had consistently marginalized the people of the South-East.
According to him, Jonathan is not from the South-East, the Vice President is not from here, the Sen President, the Speaker of the House of Reps, the CJN, the IGP, the security chiefs, none of them is from the South-East.
“Igbo people have no place in Nigeria, how can we say that PDP belongs to Ndigbo, Niger Bridge is 419, Enugu/Onitsha and Port-Hacourt Express way are all evidence of their hatred for Ndigbo; they don’t remember the poor, all our leaders in PDP are only interested in their pockets, they don’t care about our children’s education.
“We are angry and we said we have to come out; in Imo State, poor people are happy now, they study from primary to university without paying penny; our God passes their God, if what they are doing to poor people here is good, let them continue but if it is bad, God will uproot them”.
He continued that, “In 2015, I will be the president of Nigeria, I have gone to Kaduna, I have gone to lagos, I am in Enugu today, they are already afraid; they are now calling for dialogue.
“If they are discussing those contesting for presidency under the APC, Owelle will be the first, Buhari and then Kwakwanso; they said it was zoned to the North, I told our party, when did the meeting take place? I then also had to meet with my brother Ngige and we zoned it to Ndigbo.
“APC is an emergency party for new Nigeria, if PDP is doing well, I won’t have joined APC, when God wants to do something, he does it from anywhere, it doesn’t matter whether Nwobodo, Ken, Nwodo, Ekweremadu are with us or not. I heard that some of them are boasting of money but tell them that Rochas has come; any day you hear that PDP brought money with pick-up, tell me so that I will bring money with trailer, all these PDP leaders in South-East, if you put their money together, it is not equal to half of my money.
“Somebody told me that our party is popular in Enugu but that there is no money, I have come to Enugu today, you will see the difference, go back to your ward and campaign”.
In a remark, Senator Chris Ngige lauded Okorocha, who he said God had sent to lead Ndigbo in the battle for freedom, whereas other Igbo leaders were busy looking for oil well, Special Adviser and the rest of them.
“We liberated Anambra, Imo is liberated, Ebonyi is half, Enugu is nailed, we have to remove that nail; we have to uproot the PDP and free the people.
“We need to put APC governor here in Enugu; before now, no election takes place in Enugu, results were written in bedroom and hotels, it must stop”.
Highlight of the event was presentation of two governorship aspirants in Enugu State, Ifeanyi Asogwa and Okey Ezea.