Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that his mind is fixed on becoming the first elected civilian president of Igbo extraction in 2023 and that no body can stop him from realising that ambition.

Speaking when he hosted members of the Orlu Zone Congress of Journalists (OZCOJ) in his office on Thursday, Okorocha said that all the campaigns of calumny against him was because his detractors have realised that he is the most eligible and most detribalised Igbo man accepted by other tribes and nationalities in Nigeria.

Okorocha, who spoke about the crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congresses (APC), especially the recent dissolution of the state executives of the party by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the action were all part of the smear campaign.

The governor, who described himself as the rallying point for all Ndigbo, said that he is the only one who can bridge of unity, understanding and together for Ndigbo in order to realize Igbo presidency in 2023, adding that his desire to go to the Senate in 2019 was not only to represent Orlu but the entire Igbo nation.

He described those against his aspiration as “political criminals” who want to reap where they did not sow.

He says, “The recent dissolution of APC by the NWC was just to destabilise the party. The action is illegal, null and void. I am going to reorganize APC in Imo because I am the pillar of the party in the state.

Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of OZCOJ, Ambassador Ikenna Onuoha, said that Orlu people were happy that one of their sons represented them very well as governor of Imo and by being a worthy ambassador of the zone.

He said that Orlu people identified with the aspirations of Okorocha to represent them at the Senate in 2019 and expressed their readiness to support him.