OrderPaperToday – Former Governor of Imo state and newly elected Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has urged that South East not to “fold their arms and expect power” in 2023.

According to him, “power is not given but power is taken” and should only be given on the ground of democracy.

Speaking at a Press briefing after taking oath of office on Thursday, Okoroacha said: “Power does not go with sentiment some of the times, it’s on issues on ground. Democracy is about the people and South East alone cannot make themselves president.

“So you cannot be talking about Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist. We may be talking about Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geo-political zones think about the issue.

“For me, what is important is let power be given to somebody who has something upstairs who can put food on the table of common man irrespective of religion or where you come from.”

On INEC’s appeal against the court judgement granting him the certificate of return, the Imo Senator said: “It will be very surprising to see that INEC will appeal this matter because there is no basis for it.

“Duress means using mild or excessive force to compel someone to do something he or she does not want to do. How would you have done that in a returning hall where you have police, SSS and party agents?

“And is my own person walking with gun or machete asking them to write result on my behalf. That didn’t happen. I think there is more to duress than duress itself.”

Asked about those behind his travails of swearing in, Okoroacha said: “Who is behind my travails, if any, should be bold enough to announce himself.”

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