2019: Okorocha Boasts After Saraki’s Defection
The exodus in Nigeria's political sector is gaining momentum, with the defection of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
But one person that is not troubled at all with the defection of the Senate President is the Chairman of the All Progressives Governors' Forum and the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
He says the decision of Dr Saraki to leave the APC will not in anyway affect the party electoral victory in 2019 general elections.
After the defection of the Senate President, Governor Okorocha addressed reporters at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja in reaction to the development.
Okorocha had had a closed-door meeting with Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman and may have discussed the defection of the Senate President.
“I don’t know when they joined the party and I don’t have to know when they are leaving the party.
“People are entitled to their opinions about how they see issues, political party is just like a vehicle with which you get to your point of destination.
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“And if they find out that they can no longer get what they want in APC and they want to go to other parties, it is good luck.
“But the question you should ask me, is how that will affect the APC, I don’t see any way it can affect the party negatively,” Okorocha said.
Governor Okorocha is still confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election even without the Senate President in the party.
Okorocha said this was especially so because Buhari was much stronger on ground now and would do better than he did before in terms of electoral victory come 2019.
He stressed that the decision of the Senate President to leave the APC was allowed, adding that as he leaves, many more people were finding their way into the party in their thousands.
“It’s neither here nor there, so we shouldn’t make a big issue out of it.
“Saraki is entitled to his political opinion and if he wants to leave, good luck to him and if the governor of Kwara, my colleague wants to leave, good luck.
“They are all responsible men and you cannot tie them down to where they don’t want to be,” Okorocha added.
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