Rochas Okorocha, the Senator representing the Imo West Senatorial District has expressed optimism that he would contest and win the 2023 presidential election.
Mr Okorocha, who is also the former governor of Imo State, stated this when a group of youth under the umbrella of ‘Forward with Anayo Rochas Okorocha (FOWARO 2023)’ visited him in Abuja.
2023 Election: I Will Win Presidential Race — Okorocha
Eye9ja recall that Okorocha had contested for the office three times but failed at the primary level, expressed optimism of winning the race in 2023.
While seaking during their visit, he said he aspired to become president of Nigeria long ago, stressing that the first time he picked the presidential ticket was over 20 years back under the platform of ANPP.
Him his words, “I have contested for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria three times.
“The first time, l ran when l was very young; 20 years ago, and l ran on the platform of ANPP. Later, l ran on the platform of the PDP where l came second and the last one was APC in 2014”.
“So, l have been in the business of running for this office. This time, it will be the fourth attempt. I am hoping to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“Every time l started, l got stopped at the primary level, but this time around when l do run, l must win the race.”
Okorocha who is one of the founding fathers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which came into force prior to the 2015 general election said the nation was going through the most difficult moment sequel to the prevailing insecurity in the land.
Meanwhile, Okorocha is currently having a legal battle with the Imo State Government.
The police in Imo State, on February 21, 2021, arrested him after a fracas over the sealing of a hotel belonging to his wife by the state government.
Okorocha, a serving senator, is accused of forcefully unsealing his wife’s hotel, Royal Spring Palm Hotel, Owerri, which was sealed by the Imo State Government.
The state government said the hotel was built, without permission, on government land.
However, he was later released by the Police after the South-East Governors’ Forum waded into the feud between him and his successor, Hope Uzodinma.
Since he left office as governor in 2019, Okorocha has been having a political battle with his successor, Uzodinma.