Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State and prospective All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, has stated that his political ambition will sell better in Northern Nigeria than in any other region of the country.
This was stated by Rochas Okorocha while discussing concerns surrounding the presidential primary of the ruling APC.
The former governor, who faces 17 counts for allegedly transferring monies from the Imo State Government House and local government joint accounts to private entities between 2014 and 2016, almost missed the APC’s screening of presidential candidates.
Tuesday, after being granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja, Okorocha made his way to the screening location.
Regarding his ability to become the APC’s presidential nominee, Okorocha stated, “The question now is, who can garner the same votes as Buhari in order to defeat this individual?” This should preoccupy APC’s thoughts. And anything else that relates to emotions is a failure on our part. And here is what we should know: who is the Nigerian who can snag the most votes from the North, since the PDP’s only claim to fame right now is their ability to win votes from the North? That is the actuality.
“You may not have President Buhari to run the election again, as the majority of those who won the APC nomination in the North did so because to President Muhammadu Buhari. And as a president who has been in office for eight years, with his issues, he may no longer be able to attract those votes, nor is he in charge of the elections, so you face a difficulty. Therefore, you must determine who is the individual that the North can support with their ballots.
“I believe I am that individual because I am more accepted in the North than everywhere else.” I am the beloved of the North.”
On May 25, Okorocha, the senator representing Imo West, was arrested at his Abuja apartment by EFCC agents.