Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will win in the South East come 2019.
He anchored his conviction on the fact that people of the South East have come to realize and appreciate the fact that the best politics they can play in 2019 is voting for Buhari.
The governor spoke at a dinner in Imo International Convention Centre, IICC, in Owerri, the state capital over the weekend.
Okorocha also noted that he has no personal scores to settle with any Minister or leader from the South East, but his interest is to ensure that the region does not allow the political mistake of 2015 to repeat itself in 2019.
He said, “On the home front, there is no goalkeeper. All our leaders live in Abuja, even former governors. All our leaders are in Abuja and there is no one to fall back on at home unlike our contemporaries in the North and West.
Muhammadu Buhari is the President but Shehu Shagari is in Sokoto. Ibrahim Babangida is in Minna, Abdulsalami Abubakar is also in Minna. Obasanjo is in Ota, Ogun State. Bola Tinubu is in Lagos. They are goalkeepers and elder statesmen to their younger ones and giving support to their future generation.
“But for us, our case is different. Our old politicians keep rocking back and front, usurping the political future of our younger generation. So, I am of the firm belief that we should have a new and virile Igbo nation so that the younger ones can begin to take their rightful positions. That’s what we mean by emerging leaders and not that you are not leaders in your own rights.
“The Igbos must change their style in politics. This is a period for us to have a rethink. I have seen the problem. It is possible that Igbos can get there, and because we are not together, it seems to be an uphill task. And there is no better time for Ndigbo to work with singleness of heart than now. We must destroy the fabrics of the Amalekites in Igboland.
“We have made advanced preparations for the mega-rallies for Buhari to go round the Eastern states beginning with Ebonyi State. We are poised to position our people for national politics. South East for Buhari is on a rescue mission and we shall be in Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu and Anambra. We have come to correct history. By 2019, the Igbo history will be re-written”.