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I Will Defeat Tinubu in Primaries: Okorocha Boasts

The Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha, has said that if the possibility of choosing between him and Bola Tinubu emerged at the APC presidential primary, he would emerge victoriously.

The former governor of Imo state said this while fielding questions from newsmen at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention in Abuja on Saturday.

“Uncle Tinubu and I are most likely to be.

“I know that at the appropriate time it may be because he is the one pushing up in the south-west and I am in the southeast.

“So let us see what happens between us, and if that is it, I will ask him to relax a bit so that we can move this section forward.

“The people naturally love me and I think it is because they believe I care, they believe I love and have sympathy for humanity, they believe I am detribalised.

“They believe I do not know religion or tribe, Muslim Christian, Igbo or Hausa, Yoruba, all I see is a human being and that is what makes the difference on my side.’’

The Senator urged Nigerians to use their voter’s cards well because it is worth much more than they think.

He said that 2023 would present an opportunity for them to make the right choices.

“Whether it is for internal democracy or general elections, you must ensure that you cast your vote right because the voter’s card contains everything.

“It is the education of your children, it is your health, food on the table and security, so I always advise people that the worth of that card in your hand is more than N100 million so do not sell it for N10,000,’’ he said.

Okorocha said the convention was beautiful and looked peaceful and everyone seemed to be excited because they were all trying to see that the much talked about convention came to pass.

Talking about the party and its challenges, Okorocha said that although time was not on the party’s side “we pray with this exercise coming to completion, we are now sure that we are on track and APC is still a great party despite its challenges.

“However, as you know, big party big wahala, it is expected and with the leadership shown by President Muhammadu Buhari, we are beginning to see light at the dark end of the tunnel.”

Okorocha expressed gladness that the convention was not hijacked, adding that it was much easier for all if the right things were done.

“That is all we have been asking, beautiful internal democracy, free and fair where people must be allowed to choose the person they want.

“That is the beauty of democracy, so anything outside this is manipulation and it is not good for democracy,’’ he concluded.

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