The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, says it has been difficult for an Igbo to become president of Nigeria because the people have a knack to drag down their rising leaders.
According to a report by The Punch newspaper, the governor stated this in an interview with journalists on Sunday at the Government House, Owerri.
Mr Okorocha, who in 2003 first aspired to be president under the flag of the defunct All Peoples Party, lamented that he never got much support from the South East for his ambition.
“The Igbo do not know how to honour their own. They rather like to run down any of their rising leaders. The pull-him-down syndrome is high in Igboland. And it is very unfortunate,” the governor who is of the All Progressives Congress said.
”Anytime I come out to run for the Presidency of this country, I will not suffer pull-him-down from the North or from the South-West or South South, it is only in Igboland that I will suffer it.”
According to him, the Igbo do not value their own.
“And they engage in this pull-him-down practice without knowing the overall implications on the Igbo. So, it will be out of place for an Igbo presidential aspirant at any given period to think that the Igbo will make him President because the Igbo do not value their own. They don’t value what they have, but value outsiders. It is in their character. It is in their nature.
Mr Okorocha furthered explained that the Igbo would prefer to use the social media platform to criticise their leaders without taking into consideration efforts that had been made to see things work out.
“Read the newspapers and go to the social media, all the insults and attacks you get are all from the Igbo. They go to any length to run you down without caring about your good intentions and all the efforts being made to see that things work out fine for the people of the area.
”It is a problem. It didn’t start today. Go down the memory lane, you discover that the pull-him-down syndrome in Igboland didn’t start today.”
After his unsuccessful bid in 2003, Mr Okorocha formed the Action Alliance (AA) party in 2005 under which he again ran for president in the 2007 elections.