Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum said that once President Muhammadu Buhari indicates interest in the 2019 presidential race, he would not feature in it.
Fielding questions from journalists during an inspection of some key projects of his administration, Governor Okorocha asserted that President Buhari had shown good leadership examples and should be encouraged by all Nigerians. He stressed that his long-time desire for the country’s presidency has been to provide the needed leadership and emphasised that Buhari has shown that he is a courageous visionary and the people’s leader, maintaining that the best bet for him at the moment is to encourage him to continue beyond 2019.
Okorocha said: “Yes, I have been running for the presidency of this great nation until God said I should settle for the Imo governorship. And that passion to become the President of this country is not just borne out of the thirst for the position, but had arisen out of the eagerness to offer the nation and her people a strong leadership; the essence would be to build a nation of our collective dreams and aspirations.”
He noted that, “President Buhari came in almost one year ago and within the period, Nigeria has once again got the doors of the rest of the world opened to her. He has shown courage, confidence, maturity and strong leadership. There is now a high feeling of leadership in the country.” According to him, “what the President therefore needs in the circumstance is to be supported and encouraged to continue the good work even after 2019. For that reason, I have decided to keep my presidential ambition aside.
It is also believed that others with such ambition would also want President Buhari to be given the required support to continue the good job, to a very large extent.” Governor Okorocha also urged the media personnel in the project tour to appreciate what President Buhari is doing for the nation at the moment by backing his policies and programmes in the overall interest of the nation, noting that the President has so far shown quality leadership. “God loves this country, and had also shown such love by making it possible for Buhari to emerge as President, because if the PDP had been allowed to continue in power beyond 2015, the nation and her people would have been in for it by now,” Okorocha said.