Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State said on Monday that despite stiff opposition across the state, he would support his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor in 2019, if he declared interest in the governorship seat.
Nwosu, who is currently the governor’s chief of staff, is married to Okorocha’s first daughter, Ulomma.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the governor made the position known when the leaders of the All Progressives Congress from the Owerri Municipal Council visited him on Monday to urge him to encourage Nwosu to vie for the governorship seat.
The statement quoted Okorocha as saying, “Uche Nwosu is hardworking, and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud. Not arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. In spite of 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.”
Onwuemeodo quoted the governor as saying that Nwosu had not told him that he would run for governor of the state, but that he would support him, if he declared.
“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 endorsement 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,” the governor was quoted as saying.