Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has reacted to the comment made by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, who disagreed with him for saying state governors have endorsed President Buhari’s second term in office.
Okorocha, while receiving a group of youths in his office last month, said that President Buhari was the best person fit to lead Nigeria and that the South East governors have declared their support for him.
Few days afterwards, Tinubu granted an interview in which he countered Okorocha’s stance. The former Lagos state governor said there was no automatic ticket for President Buhari who he believes is a very democratic person and would love to emerge the party’s presidential candidate through the right process of a presidntial primary.
Responding to Tinubu’s comment, Okorocha in an interview with newsmen in Ondo state over the weekend, said Tinubu was crying more than the bereaved…
‘Come to think of it, I never referred to him. I referred to the governors of Nigeria, including the PDP governors and I said only one or two of them had not joined yet. Since I made the statement, no governor has said something contrary to what I said. I am surprised that Asiwaju will now be speaking for the governors. He looks like somebody crying more than the bereaved. I did not see any reason for the statement actually. But he commands my respect and I don’t want to take issue with the national leader of my party. What I mentioned was for the governors and secondly what I said is support. The word I use is support that does not mean there will not be a primary. Governors can only contribute 37 votes; we still have over 5,000 votes up there. What I was talking about was about governors. I was not talking about other party members. Governors alone do not determine the standard bearer of a party.”
Reacting to the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from APC to PDP, Okorocha said the development is not in the best interest of the party
“I have taken a holistic view of our party, it is not the best because no matter how anybody thinks, Atiku carries some political weight. His leaving our party is not the best.” he said