Barely 24 hours the Member representing Oguta State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon.Henry Ezediaro claimed that the 27 members of the House have endorsed Chief of Staff, Government House,Owerri, Uche Nwosu to succeed Governor Rochas Okorocha, the lawmakers in a dramatic u-turn said there was no such endorsement.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Marcel Ekwezuo,he said much as Uche Nwosu is one of their own and eminently qualified to aspire for the governorship contest, the lawmakers never endorsed him or anyone for Imo governorship seat.
Part of the statement reads:”However, it needs be made clear that at no time did the members of lmo state house of assembly which comprises elected members of APC and PDP meet and endorsed Ugwunba Uche Nwosu as their preferred governorship candidate or any person for that matter.
“The job of elected members of the House of assembly is to make laws and take resolutions at the plenary that impacts positively on the lives of the people of lmo state Endorsement of candidates for whatever position is no doubt not part of it.” Each member is at liberty to have preference for any aspirant of thier choice but certainly not a house matter.
“Its therefore mind-boggling that a distinguished honourable member is quoted to have granted a press conference declaring that the 27 honourable members have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
“Yes power comes from God and to who He so wills and if Ugwumba is favoured by God for this job then so be it.
“It is the duty of APC as a party to produce a candidate and if that candidate is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu then the honourable members of Apc extraction are duty bound to deliver the candidate.
“In the light of the foregoing, l want to believe that Hon Henry Ezediaro who is at liberty to personally support whoever he wants to support was quoted out of context by saying the entire 27 members have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and even donated 27 buses also went further to dare the governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha.
“Let it be clear to all that lmo state House of assembly is not in the business of endorsement of political candidates but in the business of making laws that is the reason for thier being elected in the House of assembly.
“The entire lmolite are therefore advised to discountennance the said publication as that of course is the figment of imagination of the writer and has no bearing with lmo State House of Assembly and her revered members God bless you all”