The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has refused to shift ground in his determination to ensure that his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, succeeds him in 2019.
Okorocha, who spoke through his Special Adviser to on Electoral Matters, Chief Steve Asimobi, told journalists that Nwosu would develop the state.
He said, “People talk about his son-in-law and I want to ask: from where do we borrow our democracy? Look at the American history, some times in the history of America, it was the Kennedys, the Kennedy Dynasty, and hegemony. If not for death and, perhaps some other factors, may be they may have ruled America for a very long time.
“Look at the Bush family. Bush Senior was the President of America and his two sons were governors of two states in America. If it was in Nigeria, people will shout blue murder. After Clinton, his wife wanted to become President of America and almost defeated Barack Obama. She later contested against the present American President and won the popular vote in the election.
“If America where we borrow our democracy from are wise in doing this, why are we pedestal to be talking about son-in-law? If Uche Nwosu now divorces his wife, is he qualified to run? At times, we push morality to the extreme in Nigeria! Imo State wants somebody that can perform better than previous governors. We do not want somebody that will come and take us back to Egypt.”
Asimobi spoke alongside the Special Adviser to the governor on Imo State Liaison Office and former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Edward Onyemechi.
But the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, on Monday decried the policies of the Imo State Government and asked Okorocha to stop playing god.
Ezeokafor, who condemned the assault on the Archbishop of Owerri, Anthony Obinna, also condemned Okorocha’s plot to impose his son-in-law on the people of the state as the next governor.
Ezeokafor, who spoke at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, while playing host to the members of Civil Society Labour-Media Alliance, Anambra State, said the wrath of God would visit those who attacked the Owerri bishop if they failed to repent the action and confess their trespasses.