Rochas Okorocha fears that the APC would be divided if it zones the 2023 presidency to the north.
Okorocha, who is the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate, stated this in his “Conversation with Owelle @ 59”, organized by the Abuja council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, as part of activities to commemorate his 59th birthday.
“There’s no justification for APC zoning the Presidency away from the South. If zoned to the North, it will polarise the party. When I took the All Progressives Grand Alliance to the APC for the South- East to be in mainstream politics, I was called many names.
“We should develop national spirit, that high spiritual elevation above personal convictions. It protects the indigent and weak in the society. I see positive and new things to come in Nigeria with such spirit. I agree with Southern Governors on the Southern Presidency.
“In 1999 – 2007, the Presidency was in the South; 2007 to 2010, the Presidency was in the North; 2010 to 2015, the Presidency was in the South and now 2015 to 2023 the Presidency is in the North. After this, it is normal and natural for it to return to the South.”
This comes after Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma had ruled out the Igbo presidency in 2023, claiming that such was not in the interest of his party, the APC.