Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of Imo State, has said the defection of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will not affect the chances of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to claim electoral victory in the 2019 general elections.
Governor Okorocha said this on Tuesday in Abuja after meeting with the Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, in reaction to Saraki's exit from the party.
Okorocha, who is the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, said he does not begrudge Saraki and Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Kwara State Governor, for leaving the party.
According to him, the duo are entitled to align with any political party they desire and are also responsible men understand the implication of their actions.
“I don’t know when they joined the party and I don’t have to know when they are leaving the party.
“People are entitled to their opinions about how they see issues, political party is just like a vehicle with which you get to your point of destination.
“And if they find out that they can no longer get what they want in APC and they want to go to other parties, it is good luck.
“But the question you should ask me, is how that will affect the APC, I don’t see any way it can affect the party negatively,” Okorocha said.
“It’s neither here nor there, so we shouldn’t make a big issue out of it.
“Saraki is entitled to his political opinion and if he wants to leave, good luck to him and if the governor of Kwara, my colleague wants to leave, good luck.
“They are all responsible men and you cannot tie them down to where they don’t want to be,” Okorocha said.