The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has declared that Rochas Okorocha would not have been Imo Governor without it.
The party, however, stated that it was ready to retake power in 2019.
State chairman of the party, Peter Ezeobi spoke yesterday during the declaration of Steve Nwoga to contest the governorship election on the platform of APGA.
Ezeobi recalled how the people demonstrated their love for the party when they voted out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in 2011.
He said Okorocha was able to defeat then incumbent governor because he ran on APGA’s platform, adding, “no political party could have generated that level of goodwill that propelled the landslide victory in that election.”
He stated that the movement of Okorocha into the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the fallout of the 2015 elections where the governorship candidate of APGA came third had not diminished the popularity of the party in the state.
The party leader added that Nwoga had all it takes to lead the people of the state as governor.
“For Nwoga to say that he will continue to support the party whether he wins or not means a lot to every progressive minded party man and woman and we are sincerely very grateful that he is not looking at the race as a do or die one.
“We shall show him support and he will deliver the victory which slipped off the party by the cross carpeting of the mandate holder.
“We know there is a difference in ideologies and APGA will definitely stamp its authority in governance to demonstrate that commitment,” he said.