2019 Presidency: I’ll contest if… – Okorocha

By Kehinde Osasona

Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, yesterday reiterated his desire to contest for 2019 presidency if President Muhammadu Buhari will not take another shot.

Okorocha made this disclosure when he featured on a Channel Television programme, “Question Time”.

He said: “I still desire to rule I I I will contest as President in 2019 provided President Buhari decline to run for the position againImo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has said.

“I have vied for the position thrice and I still want to be President of this country because I believe I have something in this my head that can help fix Nigeria within a short-term, but there is one man I so much salute and he is President Buhari. If he is running, then I will shelve my ambition”.
On the purported endorsement and “automatic ticket” condition, Okorocha added that it would be wrong for the president to seek automatic ticket in 2019, “saying every contestant from our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the presidential post should be given a fair chance to contest too.

It has to be democratically done so that other contestant can equally have a sense of belongings’’ he added.

On the clamour for restructuring by some sections of the country, Okorocha condemned the continued agitation for restructuring of Nigeria saying he preferred to be an advocate of power devolution with stronger federating units.

According to him, “there is nothing wrong with Nigeria structure, but a lot is wrong with leadership at all levels. I would rather be an advocate of power devolution than clamour for restructuring.

“If there are adequate provision for basic infrastructures for people to enjoy and the economy is doing fine, who cares about restructuring. This is the only country where you talk about restructuring or whether or not a Muslim or Christian should be the president, that makes no sense to me at all.

“ If we want to have a country, we should have a country for God sake, and if we want to live with the illusion of running a segment then we can go ahead with that,’’ he argued.


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