- Governor Rochas Okorocha said he would support Uche Nwosu for Imo governorship
- He, however, noted that his chief of staff has not made his ambition known
- He described him as an ideal leader and a team player, who does not use his office to molest anybody
Governor Rochas Okorocha has reportedly identified his son-in-law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, as the person to succeed him as governor of the state if he makes his ambition known.
The Nation reports that the Io governor gave this position when members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council Area visited him in the Government House in Owerri.
Okorocha said Nwosu has “the qualities of ideal leader” and that although he has not told him yet that he intends to run for governor but, promised to support him if he does.
He said: “The monumental achievements of his administration will not be left in the hand of any how person.
“The Chief of Staff has not told me that he wants to run for the governorship of the state. But if he comes out I will support him. I have known him (Nwosu) over the years but does not know his parents."
The governor described him as an honest man who, whatever he tells you in the morning is what he will tell you in the evening.
“Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud or arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies you can’t see him quarreling with anybody or maltreating anybody. He does not segregate against anybody whether from Orlu or Owerri or Okigwe zone. He relates with people enviously. I have checked him in and out, I have not found him wanting.
“What the state wants is Imo governor and not Owerri Zone or Orlu Zone or Okigwe Zone governor. Zoning does not put food on the table of anybody. The young man is a team player, who does not use his office to molest anybody. He has the qualities of a good leader. If he says he will run for governor, I will support him.
“Obviously it might be as a result of these qualities that most people are talking about Uche Nwosu for governor everywhere even when he has not declared for the governorship. It might also be the reason for the endorsements he is getting from all quarters. You see, you don’t hide a good product. And the joy of every leader is to have a worthy successor. You don’t mind political opportunists. We have done very well as a government and we should be concerned about what happens to the achievements after.
“I am not from Owerri zone, but my administration has done more projects in Owerri zone and Owerri Municipal in particular more that the administrations before me had done put together. We need Imo governor and not a zonal governor. I have done in Okigwe zone what the man from the zone could not do for them. The records are there," he added.
NAIJ.com had reported that Nwosu was endorsed as the next governor of Imo state by the state assembly for 2019.
The Punch reports that this development has deepened crisis in the state assembly.
The House committee chairman on petroleum, Imo state oil producing areas development commission and Niger delta development commission, Henry Ezediaro said Nwosu who is the chief of staff in the government house said he was the best person to take over from his father-in-law.
Ezediaro spoke 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.
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