The Daily Sun Newspaper of Monday, January 6, 2014 had come up with a banner headline titled, “APC: Govs Okorocha, Amaechi in Vice Presidential race.”
Against the backdrop of the referenced caption, the Imo State government wishes to put the record straight with regard to the ambition of the Imo State Governor in 2015, and to also correct the impression that the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is in the race for the Vice-Presidential slot of the APC, as the Daily Sun caption had suggested.
The truth of the matter is that Governor Okorocha is not in the VP race in APC. There has been unprecedented pressure on the governor by Nigerians from all walks of life to vie for the Presidency and he has been consulting on that. His consultations have not been on the VP slot but on the presidency and at the end of the consultations, he would decide whether to throw his hat into the ring for the presidential race or not.
The pressure is also on the Imo governor by well meaning citizens of Imo State, including the artisans, farmers, traders, students, etal in the state to ensure the completion of the transformation he has begun in the state by seeking re-election in 2015. And the governor is also yet to decide on that.
However, it is also good that the stakeholders said to have met according to the Daily Sun story where the name of the governor was mentioned for the VP race must have seen the qualities in him and what his administration has been doing in Imo that made them to consider him for the VP position. While we appreciate that, the fact remains that Governor Okorocha is not in the race for VP for 2015.
However, everything depends on God who gives power.
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Imo State Governor