- Earlier, the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha declared his interest to run in forthcoming general elections
- In a recent interview, the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, made his position on zoning known
- Okorocha also called on the ruling APC, to create room for a level playing ground while noting that he is not in support of zoning
Abuja- The former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has formally declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2023.
This is so as the Senator representing Imo West district once again kicked against the zoning of political offices in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Okorocha also appeals to party leaders to allow a level-playing field for candidates no matter their region, The Punch reports.
Okorocha made this assertion on Monday, January 31, in Abuja at a World Press Conference which doubles as the first official declaration of his intention to run for the office of president after it was made public on the floor of the Senate last week.
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“I hear people talking about zoning, I’m not a candidate of zoning, I am a candidate of justice. Maybe the South-East has not been able to present their matter very well before the rest of Nigerians.
“I appeal to my party – APC, to allow a level-playing ground. And the South-East must know that power is not given, it is taken. You must reach out to people who you want to vote for you. But let justice reign.”
The lawmaker promised that, if elected, he will reunite the country; a challenge, he said, previous leaders have been unable to tackle head-on.
Rochas Okorocha accuses Hope Uzodimma of complicity on Uche Nwosu's arrest
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Okorocha Senator Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday, December 28 suggested elements described as ‘unknown gunmen’ are police operatives from Government House, Owerri.
Okorocha, a former governor of Imo state, made the allegation while speaking to Channels Television in reaction to the arrest of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
Nwosu, a former governorship candidate in the state, is a former chief of staff to Okorocha and his son-in-law; reacted to the arrest during a press briefing, accusing the police of arresting Nwosu without a warrant.
He alleged that Governor Uzodimma deceived the inspector general of police, Usman Baba, to arrest Nwosu.
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In another development, presidential hopefuls have been urged to ensure they serve as binding factors rather than brewers of hate and violence ahead of the election.
The call was made by a former head of state in Nigeria, Abdulsalami Abubakar at a dialogue organised by Daily Trust Media.
According to the former head of state, those declaring for one elective position or the other must watch their deeds.