The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, yesterday revealed who has his blessings to succeed him in office come 2019.
The Governor said he will endorse the candidature of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as his successor in 2019 should he decide to contest.
The Governor’s intention has raised stern opposition in some quarters of the polity.
Nwosu is married to Okorocha’s first daughter, Ulomma and is currently the governor’s chief of staff.
In a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha made the decision to back his son in-law when some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council paid him a courtesy visit and urged him to encourage his in law to vie for the governorship.
Okorocha reportedly utilized the platform to shower accolades on his in-law, saying Nwosu was the best man for the job and that zoning shouldn’t pose a threat.
According to the zoning, power was meant to change zones and going by that scheme, Nwosu who’s from the same senatorial district with Okorocha is not suppose to vie for the gubernatorial candidate of the party.
An issue that has brought agitations from politicians in other zones.
“Uche Nwosu is hard working, and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud. Not arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head,” he said.
According to him, “In spite of the position he occupies, you can’t see him quarrelling with anybody or maltreating anybody. He does not segregate anybody, whether from Orlu or Owerri or Okigwe zone. He relates with people enviously.”
“I have checked him in and out; I have not found him wanting. What the state wants is Imo governor and not Owerri Zone or Orlu Zone or Okigwe Zone governor. Zoning does not put food on the table of anybody,” he added.