- Imo state lawmakers deny endorsing Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, Okorocha’s son-in-law, as candidate for 2019 governorship election
- The lawmakers, in a statement signed by the speaker, describe as “mind-boggling” the claim that they have endorsed Okorocha’s son-in-law
- However, Henry Ezediaro, representing Oguta state constituency, insisted that the majority of the House has endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu
The Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Dr. Acho Ihim, has denied the claim that the state lawmakers have endorsed Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the next governor of the state by 2019.
Ezediaro, the house committee chairman on petroleum, representing Oguta state constituency, had earlier claimed that the House had endorsed Nwosu, who is also the chief of staff to the governor, as the best person to succeed Okorocha in 2019.
The Speaker denied this claim in a press statement by his chief press secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo, on Sunday, December 10, Punch reports.
He said: “I am constrained to debunk the news making the rounds that the lmo State House of Assembly has unanimously endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the next governor of lmo State come 2019. Uche Nwosu is one of our own and is eminently qualified to contest the governorship of our dear state.
“No doubt, he is a member of the APC and a citizen of lmo State and these therefore give him the right to vote and be voted for. However, it needs be made clear that at no time did the members of the lmo State House of Assembly which comprises elected members of the APC and the PDP meet and endorse Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as our preferred governorship candidate or any person for that matter.
“The job of elected members of the House of Assembly is to make laws and make resolutions at the plenary that will impact positively on the lives of the people of lmo State. Endorsement of candidates for whatever position is not part of it.
“Each member is at liberty to have preference for any aspirant of their choice but certainly not a House matter. Its therefore mind-boggling that a distinguished honourable member is quoted to have granted a press interview declaring that the 27 honourable members have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.”
The statement further continued: “Yes, power comes from God and He gives it to whosoever He wills and if Ugwumba is favoured by God for this job then so be it. It is the duty of the APC as a party to produce a candidate and if that candidate is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu then the Honourable members of the APC extraction are duty bound to support 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 Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha.
“The entire lmolites are, therefore, advised to discountenance the said publication as that of course is the figment of imagination of the writer and has no bearing with the lmo State House of Assembly and her revered members.”
However, Ezediaro insisted that the majority of the house has endorsed Nwosu.
He said: “if the House leadership says it is not in support of the endorsement does it reduce the fact that majority of the House members met and endorsed Nwosu as the next governor? We are standing on our decision and very soon I am going to make the names of the said members public.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Okorocha's son-in-law was endorsed by the Imo state assembly
Ezediaro said Nwosu was the best person to take over from his father-in-law.
He stated this at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Saturday, December 9 where he said majority of the lawmakers have endorsed Nwosu as the best man for the job.
He said: “After meeting with the members of the House of Assembly, we, irrespective of party affiliations, have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu. We urge him to contest the poll. If he does, we will support him to be the governor in 2019.
On behalf of the lawmakers, we want to use this medium to appeal to the governor and thank him for his free education policy in the state, but without Uche Nwosu, the policy may die and that is why we want him to continue from where he will stop.”
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