Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Buhari is Nigeria’s Mandela —Okorocha

IMO State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has likened the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to late Dr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa and urged Nigerians to give him the mandate to steer and stabilise the ship of state. Addressing Imo State indigenes who gathered on the banner of Imo State Towns Development Association Lagos (ISTDAL)at a colourful reception for him at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Okorocha said at 72, the only thing uppermost in Buhari’s mind was to clear the rot in the polity and move on.

The governor, who spoke in Igbo language, said if the South-East Zone wanted to produce the president in the immediate future, the people must elect Buhari. Reason: “Buhari is the Mandela of our time. At 72, what does he want? He will do one term, fix the country and move on and then power will be come back to the South. When power rotates to the South, the South-East will have it in 2019 because the South-West has had it through Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the South-South through Dr Goodluck Jonathan.’’

However, he said the South-East would not be in the stead to produce the president if they did not get their politics right by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he claimed had marginalised the South-East. According to him, ‘’under President Jonathan administration, the South-East is not among the five topmost positions in the country (President, Vice President, Senate President, Chief Justice of the Federation, Speaker of the House of Representatives), does not have any of the service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Controller of Customs, Immigration, Civil Defence, etc. We only have controller of Prisons. This is not fair.’’

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