Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, said he was not quarrelling with any minister or leader from the South-East, as insinuated in some quarters.
He said his political decisions at the moment were borne out of his genuine concern for the future of the Igbo nation, to enable Ndigbo to take their rightful position and play significant role in nation-building.
The governor also maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari would win in the South-East in 2019, adding that the South-East geo-political zone had come to realise and appreciate the fact that the best politics it could play in 2019 would be voting for Buhari. Governor Okorocha spoke, weekend at a dinner tagged: “Emerging Leaders and Aspirants in the South-East for Buhari,” at the Imo International Convention Centre, IICC, Owerri. He explained that he does not have any personal score to settle with any minister or leader from the South-East. He faulted a situation where Igbo leaders prefer to live in Abuja, leaving the younger politicians with nobody to guide them at home, unlike their contemporaries in the North and West. His said: “On the home front, there is no goal keeper. All our leaders live in Abuja, even former governors. All our leaders are in Abuja and there is no one to fall back on at home unlike our contemporaries in the North and West. Muhammadu Buhari is the President but Shehu Shagari is in Sokoto. Ibrahim Babangida is in Minna, Abdulsalami Abubakar is also in Minna. Obasanjo is in Ota, Ogun State. Bola Tinubu is in Lagos. They are goal keepers and elder statesmen to their younger ones and giving support to their future generation, “But for us, our case is different. Our old politicians keep rocking back and front, usurping the political future of our younger generation. So, I am of the firm belief that we should have a new and virile Igbo nation so that the younger ones can begin to take their rightful positions. That’s what we mean by emerging leaders and not that you are not leaders in your own rights”, he stated. According to Okorocha “The Igbos must change their style in politics. This is a period for us to have a rethink. I have seen the problem. It is possible that Igbos can get there and because we are not together, it seems to be an uphill task. And there is no better time for Ndigbo to work with singleness of heart than now. We must destroy the fabrics of the Amalekites in Igboland”. The governor equally stated that they would also engage Igbos in diaspora to bring them on the same page because what most of them post on the social media do not help the Igbo nation in any way and do not also help in answering the Igbo question in Nigeria. The governor charged all those who have ambition for elective positions in APC in the South-East to start coming out and should not withhold such ambition or aspiration for any reason, adding that APC won’t leave any stone unturned now in the South-East.