Nigeria 2023: Corruption claims take the wind out of Rochas Okorocha’s campaign sails

By Akin Irede
Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:36

Presidential aspirant Rochas Okorocha speaks as he presents his manifesto at All Progressives Congress (APC) party convention in Lagos on 11 December 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Corruption investigations and the lack of a strong base in the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) are likely to scupper Imo State senator Rochas Okorocha’s ambition of becoming Nigeria's president in the 2023 elections.

It was a presidential declaration that had been planned for several months. Supporters of Senator Okorocha converged on the International Conference Centre in Abuja to witness his formal declaration to run. For more than 30 minutes, the former governor of Imo State delivered a speech that was inspired by US human rights activist Martin Luther King’s historic, ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.