Imo State house of assembly distances itself from the endorsement of Rochas Okorocha’s son in law for governor

December 11, 2017 6:07 pm
Imo State house of assembly distances itself from the endorsement of Rochas Okorocha

A new twist has emerged in the succession drama currently playing out in Imo State. Henry Ezediaro representing Oguta state Constituency had last week claimed that the Imo state house of assembly had unanimously endorsed Rochas Okorocha’s son in law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu as next governor but the legislative body through its Speaker, Dr. Acho Ihim has distanced itself from the claim.



The Speaker, who reacted through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo, 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.

“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.
“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.”

In reaction, Ezediaro remained adamant on the controversial endorsement, insisting that, “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.”

Source: Punch

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