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Breaking: Rochas Okorocha, Ogah declare Ambition for Senate


Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has after months of suspense declared his intention to run for Imo West (Orlu Zone) Senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a development which observers say might mean the end of his attempt to impose his son-in-law as successor.This is just as Dr. Uche Sampson Ogah, who defected to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after a spirited legal battle with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has also declared his intention to contest the gubernatorial election on the platform of his new party.

Ogah contested against Ikpeazu for the PDP governorship primary and challenged the outcome of the exercise up to the apex court.Announcing his intention to APC members at the party’s state headquarters in Umuahia, Ogah said he was making himself available for the office due to repeated calls to him to do so by a cross section of the state citizenry.

While stressing that he has the capacity, experience and preparedness to address the challenges confronting Abia State, Ogah pledged to resign if after two years in office, he did not make noticeable difference, adding: “ I do not need more than four years and if after two years there is no difference, I shall resign.”

He disclosed that he has invested more than anybody in the state and articulated a framework that would attract investors to facilitate the revival of moribund industries in the state.Lamenting the lack of employment opportunities in the state, the gubernatorial aspirant said everybody in the state has become a politician, stressing, “I want to re-contest to govern the state because Abians are still in pains that were inflicted on them by the PDP in the last twenty years that they did not see good governance.”

In Ogah's words: “Abia needs a leader that can inspire the people and turn the state into a land of prosperity. I will not depend on monthly federal allocations to run the state effectively, because I shall turn our available rich arable lands that have turned fallow productively.”

Abia State APC chairman, Donatus Nwankpa, while stressing, “power to select candidates rests with the people,” reiterated that the party insists that there should be no imposition of candidates.

Explaining Okorocha’s decision to go to the senate in a statement, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sam Onwuemeodo, said political leaders from the zone made the request when they visited him at the Government House, Owerri.He said: “It is interesting to inform all men and women of goodwill especially Imo people and Orlu Zone people in particular that the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has officially announced his intention to contest the 2019 election for Orlu Zone Senatorial Seat.

He made the declaration while responding to the call by Orlu zone political leaders, who visited and urged him to contest for the Senate slot in 2019.”It would be recalled that Okorocha had a few months ago hinted at the possibility of his aspiring for the senate contest.

Meanwhile, the people of Southern Senatorial District in Cross River State have handed over a N22million nomination form to the APC gubernatorial aspirant, Senator Owan Enoh.Operating under the aegis of Cross River Southern Senatorial APC, the group said they decided to tax themselves to purchase the form for the senator because of his pedigree.