- Reverend Anthony Obinna says it is undemocratic for Governor Okorocha to endorse his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him in 2019
- He says he cannot endorse Nwosu's candidacy because it contravenes equity
- The cleric faults media reports that he had endorsed the candidacy of the governor’s son-in-law
The metropolitan archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Diocese, Imo state, Reverend Anthony JV Obinna, has condemned Governor Rochas Okorocha’s endorsement of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him in 2019.
This Day reports that the cleric at the weekend during his speech on the celebration of the Easter at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, said Okorocha was planning to extend his tenure to third term by trying to impose his son in-law as governor of Imo state.
He said it was undemocratic for the governor to anoint his son-in-law to succeed him while his daughter will succeed his wife as First Lady.
The cleric said there is no way he would endorse Nwosu candidacy because it contravenes equity. He also dismissed reports that he endorsed the governor’s son in-law, explaining that he only advised him at the Cathedral during the Cathedraticum.
Reverend Obinna said: “Restoring Confidence and Courage to Imo citizens – A Celebration of Joy of the Risen Christ’, he deplored the system which for the past years had kept Imo citizens in fear of speaking the truth because of fear of molestation from the hands of the present government.
“Jesus Christ is always there to restore confidence and give courage to those who are in fear. For some years in the past, Imo citizens have been living in fear because of bad government. It is absurd and undemocratic for the governor to anoint his son-in-law to succeed him while his daughter will succeed his wife as first lady.
“This is undemocratic and does not give a level playing ground for other party members to participate in the primaries. Christ has liberated us by His death on the cross, therefore, no person can overturn what God has done. It was because the Imo people were not speaking that I had to speak out on March 3 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Ngwuoma, and since then, the Imo people found courage to speak out and condemn unpopular action of the present administration.”
Meanwhile, the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has said that he is convinced his son-in-law would be a better governor than he is once he assumes power in 2019.
Okorocha said Uche Nwosu who he has anointed to replace him knows all the secret to the success story of his role as a governor in the state, the Nation reports.
While speaking at a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mbaitoli Local government council of Imo state, Okorocha said, the story of the achievements of the Rescue Mission Government in the state would not be complete without the outstanding role of Nwosu.
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