Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has back-pedalled on his declaration that his other South East Governors were on the verge of defecting to joining him in the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors, including Dave Umahi of Ebony State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia as well as Willie Obiano had denied Okorocha’s claims.
Reacting to the governors’ denial while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in his office, Okorocha said he may have spoken too early because the governors were not yet ready to defect.
“I don’t think it is true, but if it is true, it is probably because it is not time. It could be because I spoke when they were not yet ready”, Okorocha said.
On his leadership quality which Obiano had questioned, he said, “It is not about Rochas Okorocha, I am a governor.”
On the call that Ndigbo should produce the President in 2019, he reiterated that the South East should aspire to the Presidency after the Muhammadu Buhari’s era.
According to him, “What I do know is that Ndiigbo should talk about Presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I think we should support this government. President Muhammadu Buhari has a tenure to work for, four years or eight years according to the zoning arrangement and everybody should follow the zoning although I am not an advocate of zoning.”
He said “the APC as a party is strong in the South East. We are trying to rebuild the party and redefine leadership so there will be no confusion.