Ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has revealed plans with some politicians to form a new political movement ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Okorocha who currently represents Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, noted that himself and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting plans for the movement due to the silent agitations and complaints across the nation.
He noted that it was obvious that Nigerians were not satisfied with what was on ground in Nigeria. Okorocha said there’s need for a political reengineering.
“The movement for a new Nigeria has begun and we must come together, I mean progressive Nigerians to make the country work,” Okorocha said.
Asked if the new political movement would be similar to that of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, Okorocha said that the APC was hurriedly formed to take power from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), without much emphasis on the character of those involved.
According to the senator, the new political movement is being championed by people with a proven track record of achievement and public spirit, adding that it was no more ideal to allow people who do not have genuine love for the unity and progress of Nigeria to hijack power.
“The APC was a hurried arrangement, it was hurriedly formed to take power when the then government was drifting. APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party; people who came for congratulatory message hijacked the party and became Lords.”
The PDP however appealed to Okorocha to instead of forming a new political movement, defect to the opposition party.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed joy that more Nigerians especially people like the former Imo State Governor had seen the deceit of the APC.
“Our advice to people like Okorocha is for him to avoid making the same mistake twice, any party hurriedly put together like the APC because elections are bound to fall into the same errors.
“He should rather come over to the PDP, a very structured party with a pedigree of performance. We’ve made a few mistakes in the past and we’ve learnt from them. Nigerians now know the difference between a properly structured political party which has their interest at heart and an association of angry men who only came together to grab power for power sake.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.