- Uche Nwosu said he has not decied on contesting for Imo governorship yet
- The chief of staff to Governor Okorocha said he was honoured with the support he is getting
- He expressed optimism that the APC will win in the state
Uche Nwosu who is the chief of staff and son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that he feels honoured by the endorsement he has received to contest for the Imo gubernatorial seat.
In an interview with Daily trust, Nwosu said he has not made his decision public yet but promised to do so soon.
He said a lot of people have asked him to declare his ambition but noted that the state still has a governor
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He said: "Many people have asked me this question and I have seen a lot of endorsements coming from the APC; from the youths, from women, from different groups. I want to appreciate and thank each of them for indicating their interests and urging me to come out to run for the 2019 governorship election in Imo State. I want to believe that this is coming from their hearts and because of the love they have for me. 2019 is fast approaching, but for now, we have a governor. By 2019, I will know where God will take me to, but for now, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha is still our governor and I have also told him that within a short period of time, I will come out and make my intention known to everybody. Meanwhile, I have to give it to the youths of Imo State, left for them they would have opened my mouth and made the declaration on my behalf. But I want to assure them that I will not disappoint or let them down.
“At the right time and very soon, I will make it known to everybody; it is not something to fear or worry about, where we are going to God has already destined it and I don’t think that any man can change it. What God has made nobody can unmake it, so 2019 will be 2019."
Asked whether the All Progressives Congress can win elections in Imo, Nwosu said this was possible as Governor Okorocha has done will in seven years in power.
He said: “When you look at what His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha has done since 2011 he came in as governor of the state, you don’t need to ask this question; even the blind can touch the state to know that Owelle Rochas Okorocha has done very well for his party to be returned at ease.
“The issue of winning an election is not what you write on billboards and papers, it is what you see on the ground and Owelle Rochas Okorocha has done excellently well that whoever that comes to challenge him in any governorship election in Imo will have a very serious battle. We have all it takes to win again in Imo State as a party. And it is going to be easier for us when compared to the 2011 and 2015 general elections because many in the state have now seen that this man has delivered on his promise; from his free education to rural roads and other infrastructural development. The Imo people have seen that Owelle Rochas Okorocha has delivered and what people want to see is that this man has performed and if this man has performed, it is believed that whatever that is coming from him will follow suit. So, we don’t have any fear for 2019, it is going to be a normal election and APC in Imo will win the elections with wide margin and in a landslide.
“First of all, I want to appreciate His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha who in his intelligence thought deeply of who will run and who will not run, that is his opinion. This is a man who has run the state for seven years now, who has changed the landscape, changed the old mentality, changed the old Imo we used to see to a modern Imo. So, when he comes out to say this is the person that will go, I think I don’t have an objection to that; however, at the right time I will formally make it known to the people, but if he has given me his approval, who am I not to take up the challenge? But at the right time, I will make my decision known to my people, but for now, it is between the governor and I."
NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Rochas Okorocha identified his son-in-law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, as the person to succeed him as governor of the state if he makes his ambition known.
The Nation reports that the Io governor gave this position when members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council Area visited him in the Government House in Owerri.
Okorocha said Nwosu has “the qualities of ideal leader” and that although he has not told him yet that he intends to run for governor but, promised to support him if he does.
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