Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has declared his intention to run for a senatorial seat at the expiration of his second term as governor of the state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor who made the revelation on Sunday in Owerri, said he would be running for the Imo West senatorial district in 2019.
According to the governor, his intention to run for the seat is to prevent “bad people” from taking over the position.
The Imo West senatorial seat is currently being occupied by Senator Hope Uzodinma of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okorocha said his initial intention was to run for the presidency but he decided to back down to enable President Muhammadu Buhari secure and complete his second term.
He said, “I told you earlier that my interest is the Presidency but since President Buhari will be running in 2019 I decided to put my ambition on hold until he completes his tenure.
“But I have decided to run for the Imo West Senatorial zones because if I don’t, bad people will take the position.”
He added, “If my name appears on the ballot paper as candidate contesting for Senate, it will boost APC chances in the State. And many from my Senatorial zone have come to me and said they will not contest if I am interested.”
Okorocha also endorsed his deputy, Eze Madumere for the Imo East senatorial zone and reaffirmed his choice of his Chief of Staff and son-in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu as his successor.