At a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Owerri Municipal Council Area, the Imo governor Rochas Okorocha, shared two conclusions:
- He wants his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor in 2019.
- That Igbos need the North for political survival.
Okorocha has appointed two of his children and his son-in-law into his government. But he says his support for his in-law is not due to their familial attachment. Nwosu, according to the governor, has all “the qualities of an ideal leader.”
“The monumental achievements of my administration will not be left in the hand of any how person. The Chief of Staff has not told me he wants to run for the governorship but if he does signify, I will support him.
“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. Despite the position he occupies, you can’t see him quarrelling or maltreating anybody. He does not segregate against anybody. I have checked him in and out and I have not found him wanting.”
On needing the North:
Okorocha who has never hidden his intentions to run for president himself, called on the people of the South East to avoid repeating the “mistakes” of 2015. He said the Igbos must vote for the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 because “the Igbo need the North for political survival”.