Former Governor of Imo State, Southeast Nigeria and Serving Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has declared his intention to run for office of President in next year’s General Election in Nigeria.
Okorocha currently represents Imo West Senatorial District in the 9th Senate.
Rochas at the declaration ceremony promised to build a New Nigeria if elected. While also underling tackling poverty as among his goals, he stated that Nigerians are enemies to themselves, explaining why the nation is confronted with myriads of challenges.
Another issue that he pledged to tackle is unemployment, saying he would create an enabling economy, where productive activities and job creation would be the order of the day.
The event was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Okorocha further promised to implement efforts at uniting Nigerians across ethnic and religious divides.
He additionally promised to make free education compulsory, especially from primary to secondary schools, while addressing poverty.
Rochas a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress APC will be making his fourth attempt at the presidency.
Among other politicians from the Southeast region of the country who have declared interest to run for the office of presidency in 2023 are Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, former Senate President and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, also from Ebonyi State; former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Former President Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa , from the ancient town of Arochukwu, Abia State.
Mazi Ohuabunwa has since been consulting across the country, seeking endorssements from prominent political, traditional and religious leaders. Only on Saturday, 29 January, he was hosted by the Igbo Community during ceremony at the National Stadium Abuja.