2023: Okorocha consults other parties, joins APC presidential primary contest

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Sen. Rochas Okorocha will soon declare his intention to contests the APC presidential ticket for the coming general election in 2023.

The convener of the Rochas Support Group, one of the groups backing Owelle Rochas Okorocha for the 2023 presidency, Mr Ayo Adedipe said this in a statement Tuesday.

According to him, thee former governor is currently consulting with stakeholders, including those that are members of any political party.

Adedipe said fairness demands the southeast be allowed to produce the next president because it is the only region in the south that has not produced one since 1999.

“It will be only fair and just to concede the presidential slot to them to give them a sense of belonging and bring peace to Nigeria. Nigeria will only make progress with a new beginning and a new orientation,” he said.

“As far as we are concerned, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is a bridge builder. A three-time presidential aspirant, he led a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013. He is one of the most qualified and competent persons to fly the flag of the party in next year’s election. He is undoubtedly the widely accepted Igbo presidential aspirant across party lines.

“Rochas Okorocha is a successful businessman. As governor of Imo State between 2007 and 2015, he used his entrepreneurial drive and business acumen for the progress of the state. Okorocha believes that a new Nigeria is possible with the restoration of peace, merging of class and a new orientation. That is exactly what he would bring to the table for the industrialization of the country. He will build on the numerous achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

APC national leader Bola Tinubu was the first to declare his intention i the APC, Ebonyi Gov David Umahi followed, and Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu declared, too.