Imo State governor and the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has finally laid to rest the lingering speculations about his presidential ambition in 2019.
The governor said that he won’t contest the 2019 presidential election because of President Mohammadu Buhari, adding that the President has so far shown leadership and should be encouraged to that effect.
Speaking while conducting some senior media practitioners around some of the key projects of his administration, Governor Okorocha stressed that he chose to drop his long-time desire for the presidency of the country since President Buhari has shown that kind of courageous, visionary and people-oriented leadership, the best bet for him at the moment is to encourage and support him to continue beyond 2019.
His words, “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 the 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.
“President Buhari came in almost one year now and within the one year, Nigeria has once again got the doors of the rest of the world opened for her. He has shown courage, confidence, maturity and strong leadership. There is now high feelings of leadership in the country.
“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.
“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.”
The governor also urged the media personnel in the project tour to also 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.
While urging gherkins to continue to pray for Buhari in his bid to salvage the nation’s economy, Okorocha noted that the President has shown quality leadership in the last one year.