14 February 2018
The Imo State chapter of the Peoples’s Democratic Party, PDP, is confident the people of the state will reject any move by Governor Rochas Okorocha to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor in 2019.
Okorocha had on Monday declared he would support Nwosu, who is his chief of staff and husband to his (Okorocha) first daughter, Uloma, to be governor should he decide to contest.
This is coming amid widespread criticism of Governor Okorocha for running what many have described as a family government.
Responding to the Governor’s declaration, the Chairman of PDP in the state, Charles Ezekwem, said on Tuesday 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 his 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.