As 2019 governorship election in Imo State is approaching, it is quite obvious that the governor of the state has a game plan.
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State, Chief Uche Onyeagocha has said that Imo people will not allow Governor Rochas Okorocha to install his son in law, Uche Nwosu, as successor.
Nwosu who is currently serving as Chief of Staff to Imo State government is married to Okorocha’s daughter and has allegedly been chosen as the next governor by his father in law. The development has put Okorocha on war path with majority of Imo APC chieftains including Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Onyeagocha who accuse him of running a ‘family government.’
Okorocha’s inlaw, Nwosu, hails from Nkwere local government area in Orlu senatorial zone which had governed the state through Chief Achike Udenwa from 1999 to 2007 and Okorocha from 2011 to 2019.
Onyeagocha who is a former member of the House of Representatives said the battle to stop Okorocha is hinged on equity in the governance of Imo State.
In an interview with journalists in Aba, the former lawmaker said, “We are working hard and we are discussing with Governor Rochas Okorocha who is trying to smuggle in his son in-law as next governor. It is unacceptable. I think everybody must understand that it’s about equity, ofor na ogu, justice and fairness. And I’m certain that come 2019 an Owerri man will emerge as governor of Imo State in the interest of equity.”
He condemned the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the South East governors and the federal government and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an Igbo man as the next Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), adding that Ndigbo are not happy with the President over his lopsided appointments against the South East zone.