Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State while speaking at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday during The Progressives Governors Forum award said that he and 7 other governors who were honoured were among the few first generals of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Rochas who is the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum described Buhari as a leader with vision who is destined by God to governor Nigeria.
“For every journey that has a beginning must have an end, the end of one government marks the beginning of another.
“By the 29th of May, we the remaining governors (eight) will bow out of office and this event presents to us an opportunity to appreciate a man that we have worked wonderfully well with, a man that made our party proud, President Muhammadu Buhari, for a job well done.
“I recall vividly in 2014 when the merger struggle started with all my colleagues here, we were the very first few generals of President Buhari in the merging arrangements.
“When we started, many people never gave us a chance and many never believed in President Buhari, especially the elite, except for the ordinary people. It was a tall order; it was a difficult arrangement, but we worked for victory, not only for him but also for the party and the entire generation. I want to salute the doggedness of my colleagues.”
“Mr President, let me be personal with you this morning, the truth is, and you may not know, that you are a God-given asset to this nation. I am not saying so for purpose of flattery or praise-singing.
“I have observed all categories of leaders in this country, but you seem to have distinguished yourself. Most of the leaders in this country are those who either buy their love, fame or political position, but in your own case you don’t spend one naira and you have love come your way and you have leadership come your way.
“That is the only judgement I have to say that you are destined by God to govern this country.”
Okorocha had few days ago cried out that the evil he feared in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has befallen him 10 times in the party he helped created in 2014.