Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that it has been difficult for the Igbo race to produce a President because of their nature of bringing down their rising leaders.
He revealed this while he was speaking to the Punch Newspaper during an interview in the Imo state Government House, Owerri.
According to Governor Rochas who ran for Presidency for the first time in 2003 under the All Peoples Party said he never got support from the South-East.
The last time an Igbo man was the second man in the country was in 1979 when Alex Ekwueme was Vice-President to President Shehu Shagari.
Okorocha in the interview with the Punch Newspaper said;
“The Igbo do not know how to honour their own. They rather like to run down any of their rising leaders. The pull-him-down syndrome is high in Igboland. And it is very unfortunate,” the governor who is of the All Progressives Congress said.
“Anytime I come out to run for the Presidency of this country, I will not suffer pull-him-down from the North or from the South-West or South-South, it is only in Igboland that I will suffer it.”
“And they engage in this pull-him-down practice without knowing the overall implications on the Igbo. So, it will be out of place for an Igbo presidential aspirant at any given period to think that the Igbo will make him President because the Igbo do not value their own. They don’t value what they have, but value outsiders. It is in their character. It is in their nature.”
“Read the newspapers and go to the social media, all the insults and attacks you get are all from the Igbo. They go to any length to run you down without caring about your good intentions and all the efforts being made to see that things work out fine for the people of the area.”
“It is a problem. It didn’t start today. Go down the memory lane, you discover that the pull-him-down syndrome in Igboland didn’t start today”, Okorocha said.
Rochas Okorocha believes that he is the best shot for an Igbo Presidency in 2023 after Presidency Muhammadu Buhari’s two