Gov Rochas Okorocha has joined the list of second-term governors who are aspiring to be senators after the expiration of their tenures in 2019.

Okorocha has officially declared to his intention to contest the Orlu senatorial seat in the 2019 elections.

He is seeking to contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Okorocha stated that his action was in response to calls by his people to ensure "effective, purposeful representation.

A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, quoted the governor as making the declaration before leaders and stakeholders of Orlu, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Owerri.

The statement reads: “It is interesting to inform all men and women of goodwill especially Imo people and Orlu Zone people in particular that the governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha has officially announced his intention to contest the 2019 election for Orlu Zone Senatorial Seat.

“The governor, who had few months ago given the hint that he might contest the 2019 election to go to the Senate for Orlu zone said he will be contesting the election on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).”

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Okorocha said he would hinge on the success story of the free education programme in the state and more than one thousand verifiable projects to his credit as governor to win his election to go to the Senate, adding that he needed no campaign posters.

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