IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said he is yet to endorse his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor.
Nwosu is Okorocha’s Chief of Staff.
Okorocha also noted that of all those who have indicated interest for his seat, only Nwosu, who incidentally is his son-in-law qualifies for the job, citing age and capability.
Okorocha spoke through his Special Adviser on Electoral Matters, Chief Steve Asimobi at the weekend.
Asimobi, who spoke alongside the Special Adviser to Okorocha on Imo State Liason Office in Abuja and former Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Edward Onyemaechi Ihejirika, explained that the decision to have Nwosu as next governor of the state was not that of the Governor but the decision of all stakeholders among which included traditional rulers, traders, political leaders from across the council areas of the state and different groups in the state.
“The governor has given quality reasons why he will not hand over power to anybody who is above 50 years of age.
“The Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu can place his hands on the handle, he can drive the state and he is humble. He’s not vindictive, he’s young and have age on his side so he can inspect projects without getting arthritis.
“The governor has given quality reasons why he would support Uche Nwosu as governor. But contrary to what you may have heard, the governor has not endorsed him even as he is qualified to endorse whoever he wants to endorse.
“Nobody wants his legacy to disappear, so endorsement is a natural process in any democratic system. During last election, the Catholic Church took a decision that they wanted to endorse, traders will endorse, traditional rulers will endorse, communities will endorse. And so the governor is also qualified to endorse whoever he wants to endorse but he has not said so.
“He has not foisted any candidate on the masses because the party will still go through primary. That is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the party’s guideline as well as the Electoral Act.”
NO ZONING ARRANGEMENT
Speaking on alleged existing zoning arrangement in the state which some Imo State citizens have accused the governor of violating, he said there was no such arrangement, asking those with such belief to produce the agreement for people to see.
“I have been around since 1999 in politics and I can tell you that there’s nothing like Imo Charter of Equity. That’s why since 1999, people from Olu, Owerri and Okigwe, the three senatorial districts of the state have been running for governorship election. So if there’s a charter of equity that says it’s only Olu man that can be governor of Imo in 1999,some politicians would have respected it.
“Again, these people talking about the Imo Charter of Equity, ask them for a copy of the charter of equity, who were the signatories to that charter? I think Imo State has moved on.
“The issue of zoning is myopic, it’s a cheap approach to gaining power.
“Quote me that there’s no Imo Charter of Equity and if there is, let them make it available and let us see those who signed it. And also, let us see those who have respected it,” he explained.