With just three days to the April 11 governorship elections, President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), made his first trip since his electoral victory a fortnight ago with a visit to Owerri, the Imo State capital in what was no doubt a last minute solidarity campaign to shore up support for the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Governor Rochas Okorocha who is seeking reelection.
The President elect was accompanied by several top-notchers of his party including the National Chairman and one time governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.
In his speech Buhari thanked the Imo people for the support given to him as a Presidential candidate on March 28, and urged them to consolidate that with a massive vote for Governor Okorocha on Saturday. Earlier in his speech Chief Oyegun declared that “Imo State is an APC state” and that it would be confirmed on Saturday.
“Imo is APC State and there is no doubt about that. I urge you to reelect the governor so that Imo becomes part of the new Nigeria under APC leadership” Oyegun said. Earlier Governor Okorocha had declared that Nigeria was witnessing a rebirth and that “with effect from May 29, 2015 when General Muhammadu Buhari moves into office as President, corruption will become a thing of the past in Nigeria.”
Imo state under Governor Okorocha has consistently shown an unalloyed support for Buhari and the APC and it was no surprise that in the Presidential election, Imo was the only state in the Southeast where the President-elect got the most vote in the geo-political zone. While noting that God used Gov. Okorocha to make the state and the South-East geo-political zone to be part of the success story of Mr. Buhari’s victory, Onwuemeodo assured the people that they would be carried along in the unfolding dispensation.