2019: ‘Tinubu Looks Like Somebody Crying More Than The Bereaved,’ Says Okorocha
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that his endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term of four years in office doesn’t translate to evading party primaries.
Recall that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had stated that all candidates interested in the party’s ticket would go through the due process of party primaries. “No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to himself. Buhari is a believer in due process,” he said.
However, Okorocha, in his response said the governors have the constitutional right to adopt any candidate for president without recourse to Tinubu.
The Imo Governor said this after he was conferred with honorary Doctor of Letter by the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), at the weekend.
According to him, “The statement credited to our National Leader came to me as a surprise.
His words: “Come to think of it, I never referred to him. I refer to the governors of Nigeria, including the PDP and, I said only one or two of them have 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 join 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 used is support; that does not mean there will not be primaries. Governors can only contribute 37 votes; we still have over 5,000 votes up there. What I was talking about was for governors. I was not talking about other party members.”