- Senator Rochas Okorocha has boasted that he would defeat Atiku Abubakar if he is elected as the APC presidential ticket
- Giving reasons for his stance, the former governor of Imo state said he is the darling of northern Nigeria
- Okorocha, 59, has been a member of Action Alliance which he formed, ANPP, APGA, PDP and now APC
FCT, Abuja - Former Imo state governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has boasted that he would defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (APC) candidate, Atiku Abubakar if given his party’s ticket.
According to him, the APC needed a candidate that could poll substantial votes in northern Nigeria to win the 2023 presidential election.
The lawmaker said that he remained the only aspirant with a nationwide acceptance within the ruling party.
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Speaking while appearing on a political program on Arise Television, Okorocha said his popularity and goodwill in the northern part of the country, considered the PDP candidate’s stronghold puts him at advantage over other APC aspirants.
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“I am more acceptable in the north than any of the aspirants. I am the darling of the north. I have a cordial relationship with the north. In the north, I saw their children that were not going to school and I provided free education for them.
“Some people believe that if I am elected president that power is still in the north because of my close relationship with the north.”
He stressed that he will defeat Atiku in his home state, Adamawa, saying he has impacted lives in the state of the PDP’s candidate.
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“If I run for election in Adamawa state today, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will sweat to defeat me because I can show what I did in Adamawa state. I challenge everyone to show what they have done in other parts of the country outside their region.
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On his part, Ambassdor Jerry Ugwoke has revealed that all is set for the APC convention scheduled to hold at the Eagles Square, Abuja from Monday, June 7.
Ambassador who is a former House of Representatives member and a member of the convention committee told Legit.ng that the exercise will go on without hitches due to the processes out in place by the party.
He also spoke on the role of the delegates in the exercise, especially regarding adopting consensus.
“If they convince the delegates enough, they might settle for the consensus option to vote the party's presidential candidate.”
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Meanwhile, the chairman, Atiku Abubakar Town Hall Meetings, Dare 'Glintstone' Akinniyi has boasted that the emergence of the former vice president as the presidential flagbearer of the PDP will mark the end of the APC.
Akinniyi made the declaration immediately after Atiku won the PDP presidential primary election, adding that his presidency will reposition Nigeria on the path to prosperity.
He also commended delegates at the just concluded PDP's special convention where Atiku emerged as the party's flag bearer.
2023: Group berates Umahi over remarks on Atiku's emergence as PDP candidate
In a related development, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has described as laughable the remarks by Governor Dave Umahi that he will defeat Atiku if given the presidential ticket of the APC.
Umahi, while reacting to Atiku’s victory boasted that if he gets the presidential ticket of the APC, he will defeat Atiku before 12 noon on election day.
Reacting to the remarks in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, May 30 by its president, Pascal Oluchchukwu, the group described Umahi as a man who would go any length to discredit anyone he feels is doing better than him both in politics and life in general.