By Damian Duruiheoma
The son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Chief Uche Nwosu has challenged the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leadership to submit the name of Senator Hope Uzodinma to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state despite his emergence at the primary.
Orient Daily recalled that the national working committee of the APC led by Adams Oshiomhole explained last weekend that it upheld the result of the Ahmed Gulak Imo gubernatorial election committee conducted on October 1, 2018 and submitted the name of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the candidate of APC in Imo State for the 2019 Imo governorship election to INEC.
Besides waving aside Uche Nwosu’s appeal to be reinstated as the party guber candidate, Oshiomole also accused Governor Okorocha of bringing shame and embarrassment to the party to the extent of killing the image of the party by his actions and words, saying that the party was not able to help the governor create a political empire
He said: “We were not able to help him create a political dynasty in Imo State. He wants to create a political dynasty by installing his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as governor after his eight years tenure and himself return to the Senate to represent Imo West Senatorial district. It’s against the law of our party, it’s immoral and against the tenets of democracy. Governor Okorocha wants to create family political dynasty from his privileged position. Our constitution doesn’t recognise emperors.
“The chief judge of Imo State in his wisdom through a court order obtained by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, directed me, the National chairman of APC not to have anything to do with the second governorship primaries conducted by Rtd. General Agbabiyaka led Imo election panel. And I have complied by obeying the court order”.
Reacting to the NWC decision, Nwosu insisted that he remains the authentic candidate of the party, irrespective of Oshiomole’s announcement that he has forwarded Uzodinma’s name to the INEC as the party’s candidate.
According to Nwosu, his candidacy was secure and could not be truncated by the national chairman or any other person, vowing that he would never abandon the mandate given to him by the party members to be their governorship candidate for the 2019 election.
He expressed disappointment at Oshiomole’s action, adding that his statements and antics did not give hope to young people who hitherto had always looked up to him.
“My mandate is still intact, I still remain the candidate of the APC, I am very much shocked with the national chairman who is speaking from the both sides of his mouth as a man of that age I thought he would have been upright.
“I am shocked that a man who has attained that age and who we should look up to as our role model has become somebody who many of us can no longer see as a role model again. I am shocked at the attitude of the national chairman which does not give hope to young people that mostly look up to him for years”.
Nwosu, however, dismissed insinuations that he is defecting from the APC to pursue his ambition in another party, noting that he cannot abandon his mandate for any other party.