Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has
said the South East geo-political zone will
produce the president of Nigeria after 2019.
The governor stated this yesterday while
speaking at the All Progressives Congress, APC,
presidential campaign rally in Aba, Abia State.
The South-East, which comprises of five states,
namely Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi,
is yet to produce a democratically-elected leader
of the country.
However, an indigene of the zone, the late Maj.-
Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, was Nigeria’s first
military head of state.
He ruled the country between January and July,
1966, before he was overthrown in a bloody
coup that brought a northerner, Yakubu Gowon,
then a colonel, to power.
The three democratically-elected presidents
since the return of democracy in 1999 –
Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and
Goodluck Jonathan – are from the South West,
North West and South-South geo-political zones
The Imo governor, who contested the
presidential primaries of the APC in December
2014, but lost, demanded that the zone be
allowed to produce a successor to Muhammadu
Buhari, if he wins the February 14, 2015
election, since other zones have had a taste of
“It can never go back to the South West”, Mr.
“Northerners, please let me warn you, after
2019 and beyond, let nobody takes it to South
Amaechi (governor of Rivers States), your
brother (Jonathan) has taken your turn, never
you, never you talk about South-South”.
In his remarks, Buhari assured that the party’s
administration would not allow youth, notably
able-bodied people, to be idle so that they would
not become touts but become productive
He also assured that, if elected, his government
would fulfil all the promises it was making to
“I assure you, we will fulfil our promises if you
give us the opportunity of being your leaders”,