Imo State Governor, and Chairman of the All Progressive Congress’ Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has declared that he will not run for presidency in 2019 because President Muhammadu Buhari has shown good leadership virtues and should be encouraged.
The governor was on tour of projects across the state, during which he addressed media executives, saying that his long-time desire to be the President of the country was to provide good leadership,but since President Buhari had shown that kind of courageous, visionary and people-oriented leadership, his best bet was to support him to continue beyond 2019.
“Yes, I have been running for the presidency of this great nation until God said I should settle for the Imo governorship. That passion to become the President of the country is not just borne out of the thirst for the position but arose out of the eagerness to offer the nation and its 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 are now high feelings of leadership in the country.”
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Governor Rochas Okorocha said 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, he has decided to keep his 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, he added.
This, according to the governor, is because if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been allowed to continue in power beyond 2015, the nation and its people would have been in for it by now.
While urging Nigerians to continue to pray for the President, Governor Okorocha further stressed that God loves this country and has also shown such love by making it possible for Buhari to emerge the President.