Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has said that the most governors in the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) and Opposition Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) are keen on seeing President Muhammadu Buhari contest for Second term in 2019.
Speaking on Tuesday at a meeting with Democratic youths at the government house in Owerri, Okorocha disclosed that with the exception of two or three, all other governors withing both parties want Buhari to vie for re-election in 2019.
In a statement issued by the Chief press secretary of the Imo state government, Sam Onwuemedo, Okorocha is quoted as saying;
“I am a believer in Buhari and I made it clear years ago that if he is running for president I will not run. This is because I have seen a man that has the strength of character to lead this Nigeria at this moment of our history.
There is no better president for Nigeria now other than President Buhari. He might not be the best president for Nigeria in 2023 or 2027, but for the Nigeria of today, he is the right man for the job. His fight against corruption takes an unusual character to execute. His style to end terrorism in the North East is again something that requires his personal character.
Nigeria has come out of recession in the shortest period recorded in history and this is a testament to Buhari’s tenacity. And since I have resolved with my political family to shelve my ambition and support Buhari, I want to appeal to others to show such support to him.”
Reacting to this, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) dismissed the claims. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said;
“Our governors are not part of the Buhari reelection plan. Rochas Okorocha has a penchant for telling lies. Nobody should take him serious.”