Not Tinubu, Buhari appoints southern politician whom he follows with keen interest


Since it is customary to see most politicians scrambling to be in the good graces of the President of the Federal Republic, many Nigerians would normally like to know the political actor who caught President Muhammadu Buhari’s attention.

This emerged on Tuesday when the president, in a statement issued by his senior special assistant for media and publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed he was following a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, with keen interest.

Naija News reports that Buhari said so in a letter congratulating the senator currently representing Imo West on his 59th birthday, scheduled for tomorrow.

Buhari’s letter reads, “Accept my warm greetings on your 59th birthday, heralded by years of achievement, including nation-building contributions.

“I have followed with keen interest your visionary leadership style, your political leanings and your progress in development, both in the private and public sectors, and I fully note your penchant for always striving for the well-being of the less privileged.

“I congratulate the Rochas Foundation, your charitable organization, which continues to inspire and touch lives across the country, without ethnic, religious or political overtones.

“On the occasion of your 59th birthday, I join with members of our political party, All Progressives Party (APC), in wishing you well on your journey of service to the nation and to humanity.”

This newspaper previously reported that Okorocha urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to distribute its 2023 presidential ticket to the South, arguing that it was logical and reasonable for the APC to do so since the North has already benefited from his turn.


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