Rochas Okorocha

For the Igbo to rule Nigeria in 2023 and ensure general development of the South East, the people need to mend fences with the rest of the geo-political zones in the country, immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has affirmed.

Okorocha, who was sworn in during plenary on Thursday in Abuja, said he has come to the upper legislative chamber to build the bridge connecting the Igbos with other ethic groups in the country.

He said: “I am here basically to fulfill certain things that are very dear to my heart and one of them is that having realized that the bridge connecting the South East and the rest of the Nigerian states seems to have been very faulty resulting from the politics people have played in the South East.

“It would be my pleasure to build this connecting bridge so that the South East people live along with other geopolitical zones of the country.

“I think there is need for the Igbos to mend political fences with every Nigerian to get things right. And that will help them for the development of the South East politically. It is a common knowledge that we are neither here nor there. We are not in any political party neither are we making any impact to belong to any political party. So, there is need for us to get married to the rest of the nation politically.”

On whether the All Progressive Congress, APC would concede the presidency of this country to the South East in 2023, he said “power is not given, power is taken.South East can not fold their hands and wait for power to be given to them.Nigeria can not give you power because you want power.

“This is the sentiments we sometimes make on issues. You can not be talking of Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist and talking of Nigeria president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geopolitical zones think about the positions.

On his travail with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the lawmaker denied any involvement with compelling the commission’s Resident Electoral Commission to write result under duress.

He said: “My question is, how could you have carried out an act of duress in a hall where you have the SSS, the Police and the agents of the party and every one there watching and on my own person as Executive governor of the state walking with gun.

“That never happened and even if I were to be a spirit someone should have seen me. So that is not true. I think there is more to it. If there is any such thing, INEC should have set up a committee to investigate it to find the facts of the allegation to find out whether there was any act of duress or not.”

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