Senator Rochas Okorocha, the lawmaker representing Imo West, few hours after he was sworn in as senator by Senate President Ahmed Lawan, said that there is nothing like “Igbo Presidency” because it does not exist.
“Democracy is about the people and the South East alone cannot make themselves president. So you cannot be talking about Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist. We may be talking about Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geopolitical zones think about the issue,” the former Imo State Governor stated while speaking to journalists.
Okorocha noted that the South-East cannot just fold their arms and expect power to be handed over to them, saying that “power is not given”, “power is taken”.
“The South East cannot just fold their arms and expect power to be given to them just because you want power. Power does not go with sentiment some of the times, it’s on issues on ground,” he stated.
He further said that he was more concerned about who can help the Nigerian citizens irrespective of religion or ethnicity.
“For me, what is important is let power be given to somebody who has something upstairs who can put food on the table of common man, irrespective of religion or where you come from.”
The senator also said that for the Igbos to remain relevant in Nigerian politics, it must mend fences across the country.
“There is need for the Igbos to mend fences. We are neither here nor there now politically. We are not in the ruling party, neither are we making impact in the opposition. So, there is need for us to get married to the rest of the nation politically,” senator Okorocha said.