The Executive Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has formally declared to join the senatorial race for Orlu zone in 2019.
This was made known over the weekend after Orlu Zone Political Leaders paid him a courtesy visit in the Government House begging him to contest for the Senate based on his past achievement records in the zone.
A statement on Monday by Mr Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said he would be contesting the position on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The statement read in parts: “Governor Okorocha would be running for Senate in 2019. “And since he made the open declaration to run for the Senate, there has been high-level excitement across the State and moreover in Orlu Zone since one good turn deserves another.
“He thanked people of the state and Orlu his zone for loving him and appreciating all he has done for the state as their governor, despite criticism from the opposition in the state.”
On why they persuaded Mr Okorocha to seek the position, Steve Orji, who led the Orlu zone political leaders, said that looking at the governor’s monumental achievements in the state, the leaders have no other option than to ask him to run for the Senate to represent the zone.