Former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has fixed a date to formally declare his presidential ambition under the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The chairman of a group working for the actualization of an Okorocha presidency, the New Nigeria Movement, Prof. Aliyu Abdullahi Jibia, made this known on Saturday.
Jibia disclosed that the lawmaker representing Imo West in the National Assembly would declare his presidential bid on Saturday, January 31.
He stated that Okorocha will publicly announce his ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari during a world press conference on that day.
Okorocha, a three-time presidential aspirant and one of the founding fathers of APC, had led a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the merger that led to the formation of the ruling party in 2013.
Naija News reports that Okorocka would join the likes of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Chief Moses Chia Ayom and Ikechukwu Dallas Chima to contest for the top seat in the country.
Recall that the APC in Imo State had denied the membership of Okorocha and refuted claims of endorsing the former state governor’s 2023 presidential ambition.
APC claimed in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday through its publicity secretary in the state, Cajetan Duke, that Okorocha has failed to revalidate his membership during APC’s last registration and revalidation exercise.
The party stressed that the Imo APC led by Macdonald Ebere, could not pass any vote of confidence in Okorocha due to his ‘melodramatics’ when he was the governor of Imo State.
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