Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned his kinsmen against the misconception of the term ‘Igbo presidency.’
Prior to the 2019 presidential election, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would support the South-East to produce the next president in 2023 if the region votes for Muhammadu Buhari.
But, addressing journalists at the National Assembly after his swearing in on Thursday, the former governor said he is more concerned about having a president that will better a lot of Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic affiliation.
He advised the Igbos to wrestle power, which according to him, is not given.
“Power is not given, power is taken,” Okorocha began. “The South East cannot just fold their arms and expect power to be given to them just because you want power.
“Power does not go with sentiment some of the times, it’s on issues on the ground. Democracy is about the people and the South East alone cannot make themselves president.
“So you cannot be talking about Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist. We may be talking about Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geopolitical zones think about the issue.
“For me, what is important is let power be given to somebody who has something upstairs who can put food on the table of common man irrespective of religion or where you come from,” he added.
Okorocha urged the Igbos to mend political fences with other parts of the country.
“There is a need for the Igbos to mend fences. We are neither here nor there now politically. We are not in the ruling party, neither are we making an impact on the opposition. So, there is a need for us to get married to the rest of the nation politically,” he said.