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‘I Became Poorer As Governor’ Presidential Aspirant, Okorocha Claims As EFCC Slams N2.9 Billion Theft Charge



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Senator Rochas Okorocha,  penultimate governor of Imo State on Monday, January 31, 2022 formally declared his 2023 presidential aspiration just as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC about the same time filed a N2.9 billion theft charge against him.

The governor who was charged with stealing funds from the Imo State government while he was governor in a sharp riposte in an interview on Channels Television monitored by  GreenWhiteGreen GWG said he had no reason to steal government funds. According to him being governor made him poorer.

Okorocha said that he spends at least N10 to N15 million on a daily basis with thousands of school children under his sponsorship.

Okorocha while declaring his intention to run on Monday in Abuja, said Nigeria needed a leader that could unite the people more and give everyone a sense of belonging, adding that he was the best man for the job.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Okorocha had contested the country’s presidency in 2003, 2007 and 2015 and currently represents Imo West Senatorial District on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former Imo governor said he had the ability and capacity to forge more unity among Nigerians, haven built schools for the less privileged with  investments across the country’s geopolitical zones.

“Nigeria needs a compassionate leader that will  listen to the needy, a leader that can  give everyone a sense of belonging. If I say I will make Nigeria more united,   believe me, I will do so,” he said.

He challenged other presidential aspirants to show proof of their ability to uphold the unity of Nigeria like he did over the years.

“I challenge all those who want to become president of this country to show what they have done in unifying the nation.

” My  signature is in all parts of Nigeria. I am not from Sokoto state, but my signature is in the state.

“I am not from Zaria, my signature is in Zaria. I am not from Kano state, my signature is in Kano. I am not from North Central, my signature is in Jos.

“I am not from North-East, my signature is in Adamawa and Bauchi. I’m not from South-West, but my signature is in Ibadan, Oyo state.

“I am not from South-South, my signature is in Cross River. If I tell Nigerians I will unite this country more, believe me, I can do that,” he said.

He added that though blessed with six biological children, he is a proud father of 25,000 children,  whom he adopted and trained in his various schools spread across the country without knowing where they came from.

Okorocha said most of the children were Fulani, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Efik.

“I have trained more than 5,000 Fulani children, 6,000 Yoruba and more than 10, 000 Igbos. I don’t know them. I don’t know their background, what connects us  is poverty, because am once a child of poverty.

He charged Nigerians of Igbo extraction to note that power was not given but taken,  and appealed to the APC national leadership to ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants.

“I am qualified to run more than anybody who cares to run.

“I appeal to my party, the APC, to allow a level playing ground and Igbos must understand that power is not given, it is taken,” Okorocha said. (NAN)

Meanwhile, as Okorocha made his 2023 presidential aspiration known at the International Conference Centre, Garki, about four kilometers away at the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, the EFCC slammed him with a N2.9 billion theft charge.

 GreenWhiteGreen GWG gathered that Okorocha was charged along with Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

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