Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has continued to drum support for his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu’s governorship ambition.
He said his support for Nwosu who is his son in law, has thrown up a new leadership in the area that is changing the story of the area for good.
According to a statement by Sam Onwuemedo, Chief Press Secretary to Okorocha, the governor spoke when the officials and leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area came to the Government House to endorse Chief Uche Nwosu for the 2019 governorship.
“If the only sin Uche Nwosu has committed is marrying my daughter then he has no sin. It will be painful to me if all I have labored to achieve will be destroyed after I have left in 2019. I am therefore keen in who succeeds me. Who won’t allow the State to go back to Egypt. Who will not damage all the good works we have done.
“Who will not stop free education, stop urban renewal, ensure Political tolerance, maintain all the achievements of the government as if his life depends on it. That’s my interest. What will Uche Nwosu do for me? Since he married my daughter he has only bought two shoes for me. One pair does not even enter my legs. My interest is good governance”, he stated.
The governor continued, “So the issue of Uche Nwosu being my inlaw is neither here nor there. America where we copied our democracy, such petty issue does not come up at all. We know about the Clintons and the Bush family in America. No American talked about Mrs. Hillary Clinton being the wife of former President or Bush Junior being the son of former President. When will our own democracy grow?
Okorocha further stated “What we desire is good governance and not the issue of inlaw. Uche Nwosu from all indications will do better than me. He has shown the signs. That is my interest. You don’t build a good house and allow it to be destroyed by someone who does not have the interest of the house at heart. Uche Nwosu will do well as a governor”.
He remarked “I have come to change the old order that never allowed the young and godfatherless ones to grow. And by the grace of God we have succeeded. Our people should not be allowed to be deceived. I will give Ehime Mbano all the supports”.
The leader of the Ehime Mbano delegation, Chief Emma Buka Iwuanyanwu told the governor that they were not under obligation to endorse Uche Nwosu for the 2019 governorship but that they have closely watched him and others and have seen that he is the best person to succeed him, adding that they would not take all the achievements of the administration for granted.
He said “We didn’t just wake up and decided to endorse Uche Nwosu. We took our time and analysed the situations and arrived at the conclusion that he is the most qualified to succeed the governor in 2019. He is never under tension inspite of the pressure of work on him. We want continuity of the good works.
Arararume Cannot Be Governor- Okorocha
Governor Okorocha has said Senator Ifeanyi Arararume cannot win thee APC Guber ticket and cannot be Governor of Imo State.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo reads:
It is unfortunate that while we have continued to exercise caution and demonstrate apparent decency and discipline in our media outings even as they concern some of the Politicians and governorship aspirants in the State, few of them have always thrown caution to the wind by thinking that the only way they can make impact or make a headway in their Politics and Political pursuits is by embarking on falsehood and sponsoring cheap blackmail against Governor Rochas Okorocha.
As a responsible government and as responsible people we do not trade on propaganda, falsehood and blackmail. We do not tell lies.
They have sponsored lies against the governor over the outcome of the APC NEC meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in which the tenure of the National Chairman Chief John Oyegun and others were extended.
The governor is the strongest pillar of APC in the South-East and one of the pillars in the Country. And he has remained supportive in all ramifications to the John Oyegun-led National Exco of the Party. And there is no reason anybody should begin to create the impression that Governor Okorocha was against the extension of Chief Oyegun’s tenure.
The APC governors who are all members of the APC Governors’ Forum which governor Okorocha heads supported the extension of tenure across the board. And with that, the governors are the greatest beneficiaries of the extension.
You may ask, where were these elements when the PDP foot soldiers were invading Imo and South-East in general with Soldiers and other Security agents. Rochas made the survival of APC in the South-East possible, having a Senator, three House of Representatives, Majority in the House of Assembly (23 out of 27), and gave President Muhammadu Buhari the highest number of votes in 2015 in the South-East. And APC won that election but the PDP people doctored the whole exercise with the help of Security agencies and INEC then. Time will expose these folks who think that their Political survival lies with blackmail against Okorocha.
But I want to say this for the sake of emphasis. Senator Ifeanyi Araraume cannot win the ticket of APC for the 2019 guber in the State and can never govern the State. So people should not allow themselves to be deceived.
In 2007, he won the ticket of PDP and failed the main election. In 2011, he also had the ticket of ACN and came fourth in the election. In 2015, he also failed the PDP Primary. So, what magic would he perform in 2019?
Again, if he sees himself as a Political force, let him do what Rochas Okorocha did in 2011 by taking the ticket of APGA that was not on ground and won his election by defeating a sitting governor of PDP extraction and in 2015, when he defiled all the PDP onslaughts with federal might and joined the Merger that gave birth to APC at the risk of his life and his second term bid and also won his election. Let Senator Araraume pick the ticket of any of the Parties, contest and win and we will Celebrate him. He should not be always working to undo sitting governors to become governor.
Some of these people were among those calling Rochas, OkoroHausa, Alhaji in Government House and Buhari-Rochas and accusing them of coming to Islamize Igboland and Nigeria in general.
Name-dropping has also become old fashioned in Politics. In 2007 and 2011, it was Chief Tony Aninih’s name that was been dropped. Today, they have begun to drop the name of Chief John Oyegun. Powerful Politicians in the real sense of the word do not drop names.