Former governor of Imo state, Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday wrote to the Senate of his intention to join the presidential race.
The lawmaker, who represents Imo West senatorial district in the 9th Senate, described the qualities of the person to run the affairs of the nation.
Okorocha, who sought the prayer of his colleagues, said he will address a press conference to tell the nation of his intention.
The letter, which was read on the floor of the upper chamber of the National Assembly by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the plenary, said the country needs a detribalized Nigerian who can unite the nation.
The letter titled, “Nigerian President 2023 World Press Conference,” reads, “as you are aware, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the timetable for the conduct of 2023 general election, including that of the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“With elections drawing nearer as the days go by, our citizens are concerned about the quality of persons to run the affairs of our nation, one who can address some of their major concern which includes:
“A detribalised Nigerian who can unite our country. A leader with a compassionate heart, who will care for the poor and downtrodden and the masses of our country.
“A visionary leader who can create wealth for our teeming populace thereby, addressing the issues of poverty, insecurity and youth restiveness.
“It is as a result of these concerns that I wish to hold a world press conference on my intention to run for the office of the President of our dear Nation. I, therefore, wish to solicit for your prayers as I make known my intention.”
Olaoye recalled a particular day over eighty lives perished in the river as their vehicles were swept into the river when the river overflowed the bridge and over 40 corpses were recovered while others were swept away.
He appreciated the administration for putting a stop to the waste of lives by reconstructing the road and the bridge.
“There is a particular day I will never forget, as a fisherman, I was down the Ogunbado river and I started seeing shoes and slippers flowing up the river, I knew something had happened, I quickly rowed my canoe to the river bank where I met many people crying and wailing.
“They said over eighty people have been swept away as their vehicles reached the bridges and upended by the powerful river flood, we were able to recover forty corpses while the rest were swept away.
“If the present government in the State could start its reconstruction and expansion, we should all appreciate them, at least the unnecessary deaths will be no more.”
The Project Manager of KOPEK Construction Company Ltd., Engr. Ayman Zakhour said the 34.85kilometer Oyo-Iseyin road will be delivered according to the Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) specification, which is 60mm thickness for the road asphalt while the extended Odo-Ogunbado Bridge is 12meters (end to end) with a carriageway of 8meters.
He added that the bridge will be completed by early March before heavy rains will start and ten kilometers of the road would have been tarred by early February.
Engr. Ayman called on the road users to be assured of good quality of work on the road and the bridge, as required by their client, which is the Oyo State government.
Meanwhile, the 9.70kilometers Oke-Ogun Poly- Saki Township road will be commissioned on Thursday by Governor Seyi Makinde in his efforts to achieve the urbanisation policy of his administration.
The road was re-awarded after the contractor that was handling it before failed to meet most of the contractual agreements signed with the last administration of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.