Amidst heated controversies associated with Governor Rochas Okorocha’s endorsement of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor next year, 20 out of the 27 members of the Imo State House of Assembly have thrown their weight behind the same Nwosu.
Nwosu, who hails from Eziama Obaire Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, which is in the same Imo West Senatorial District with Okorocha, is the Chief of Staff and husband of Okorocha’s first daughter, Uloma.
The member for Oguta state constituency, Henry Uzoma Ezeediaro, who is also the Director General of the Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation “Ugwumba Movement Worldwide” told newsmen in Owerri that the lawmakers resolved to endorse Nwosu because of their belief in his capacity to sustain the legacies of the APC administration in the state.
Ezeediaro listed the legislators who endorsed Nwosu to include: the deputy speaker of the House, Ugonna Ozuruigbo (Nwangele constituency), the former majority leader of the house, Luguard Osuji (Owerri Municipal), those of Owerri North, Oru East, Ideato North, Ngor Okpala, Isu and Njaba.
Others were the members for Ihitte/Uboma, Owerri West, Orsu, Ohaji/Egbema, Ideato South, Ehime Mbano, Orlu, Onuimo, Nkwerre and Obowo as well as himself.
“We have resolved to endorse Ugwumba Uche Nwosu because we believe that he is the only person that has the capacity to sustain the legacies of the Rochas Okorocha administration and since we, as members of the State House of Assembly have the constitutional right to impeach the governor, we also have the right to back him.”
According to Ezeediaro, the resolution to endorse Nwosu was arrived at after one day crucial meeting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim.
Ezeediaro explained that the endorsement of Nwosu by the lawmakers was a product of wide consultation by the legislators with their constituents.
“Since we were duly and constitutionally elected by our people to represent them for four years, we have the mandate to speak and to act for them and whatever we say/do represents their position.
“In politics, you cannot have 100 percent support, but when you succeed, you are expected to carry everybody along and as human beings, we are not infallible.”
On the issue of gender disparity Ezeediaro contended that the state government had been gender sensitive, citing the numerous positions being occupied by women in the Rochas Okorocha administration as a case in point.
“We should pay integrity and have a good reward for integrity, people who want to hijack power are afraid because they know that Uche Nwosu has all it takes to become the governor of this state.”
On the position of the remaining seven members of the House who are not part of the endorsement, Ezeediaro said for now.
“We cannot conclude that they are not with us, so let them speak for themselves.”