The governor, however, stated that he had not endorsed anybody as his successor, even as he told members of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), willing to contest for elective positions in 2019 to start holding political meetings so as to enable them soften the grounds before open campaigns would be permitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Okorocha made the remarks during the APC stakeholders meeting held at the Imo State International Convention Centre, Owerri,
According to him, “I am using this platform to make it open that I have not endorsed anybody as governor for 2019, nobody has informed me he wants to be governor except Senator Ifeanyi Ararume who told me two days ago.
“When he mentioned to me of his intention to contest the 2019 governorship election, I told him that he should not nurse such ambition, but rather think of joining me to Abuja where I feel we can do more jobs as senior hands for Imo State’’, Okorocha noted.
He said apart from that, “I will like to say that any of you willing to contest election in 2019 should commence holding stakeholders meetings whether you are still a serving officer or not, we are members of one party and everybody is free to contest elections.