Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha in his quest to foist his son-in-law and chief of staff, Hon. Uche Nwosu, as his successor, has concluded arrangement to arm twist Imo lawmakers into endorsing his son-in-law, believing that their endorsement could give his daughter’s husband some political mileage.
According to a source from Imo Government House, Okorocha was furious that the 20 lawmakers who had purportedly endorsed Nwosu for governor, come 2019 turned round to deny the claim.
Our source revealed that the exercise of recording the endorsements of the said lawmakers will take place today at a hotel, known as ‘Kelvic Suites’ located in New Owerri.
The hotel said to be owned by the deputy speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, who is also from the same federal constituency with Hon. Nwosu, has reportedly become a beehive of activities for mobilising support for the governor’s son-in-law.
It was further revealed that Governor Okorocha had threatened to deny any lawmaker who fails to endorse his son-in-law ticket to return to the House in 2019.
It would be recalled that Hon. Henry Ezediaro, member of Imo State House of Assembly, last week addressed the press, alleging that 20 law makers had endorsed the governorship ambition of Nwosu.
Angered by Hon. Ezediaro’s revelation, the lawmakers, in a twist, accused the lawmaker of telling lies against them, with some of them backing down on the said endorsement of Nwosu.
“If we wanted to tell the public about the endorsement of Nwosu as the outcome of our meeting, the press would have been invited for briefing than allowing one of us to speak on our behalf”.
But our source disclosed that Governor Okorocha’s insistence of foisting Nwosu on Imo people might not be unconnected with fear of prosecution over some of his administrative misdeeds, which may land him in jail.