Terhemen Abua with additional reports from Punch.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Imo state, Tuesday, rejected the purported move by Governor Rochas Okorocha to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor in 2019.
Okorocha had last Monday, declared support for Nwosu, who is his chief of staff and husband to Okorocha’s first daughter, Uloma, for governor, should he decide to contest.
Charles Ezekwem, PDP Chairman, Imo state, in a response to the governor’s declared support for Nwosu said that the state had gone beyond the stage of a father-in-law handing over political power to his son-in-law after eight years and mother handing over to her daughter as the first lady of the state.
Ezekwem said, “This family business will not work, the idea of Okorocha handing over power to his son-in-law after eight years will not work. This ‘familiocracy’ will be rejected because Imo people are highly educated and civilised”.
The PDP chairman announced that his party had started the process of ensuring that the party would reclaim the state in 2019.
Meanwhile, Okorocha had explained that Nwosu came to him, like many others, to seek his help to succeed in life, adding that he never knew he would one day marry the daughter.
Okorocha told the All Progressives Congress, APC executives, leaders and traditional rulers from the Oguta Local Government Area who were in Government House to express their support for Nwosu, that, I did not sell my daughter. That was why I didn’t consider how wealthy or poor he was before I allowed him to marry my daughter even at the level God has placed me.
According to him, the hand of God in the whole thing. He has a future for himself. He has sincerity of purpose. He means well.
His words, “Uche Nwosu possesses all the qualities to be a good governor. He can exercise regard for the poor. He can make sacrifice. My happiness at the end of this administration is to see a worthy successor; successor who will not destroy free education and work for the state as if his life depends on that. I won’t impose anybody, but I am entitled to support anybody that I see can do the job”.