Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, on Sunday stated that God and 24 out of the 27 local government areas in the state have approved the ambition of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to take over from him as governor in 2019.
He stated this while debunking the allegation that his son-in-law, who also doubles as his Chief of Staff, supervised or ordered an assault on Owerri Catholic Archbishop, Most Rev. AJV Obinna, during a burial service in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.
Okorocha, who spoke in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo in Owerri, said the news that his son-in-law supervised the assault on the archbishop by members of All Progressives Congress was a “blackmail being orchestrated by the opposition”.
He pointed out that the opposition had seen his son-in-law as the aspirant to beat in the race to the State House, and now uses the church against the “project.”
Okorocha boasted that his son-in-law’s governorship aspiration has been endorsed by God and 24 out of the 27 LGAs in the state.
The statement reads, “We say this for posterity sake. Imo people, including youths, students, men and women have thrown their unalloyed support behind the youthful Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, for the 2019 governorship in the state.
“He has become the subject matter as long as that issue is concerned, with APC officials and leaders from 24 out of the 27 local governments in the state having already endorsed him for the 2019 Imo guber.
“Now, seeing Uche Nwosu as the guy to beat in the 2019 election, they now think that there is no other way to stop him than through unwarranted blackmail.
“That is the reason such a quintessential gentleman and an embodiment of decency should be associated with whatever that transpired at the event in question.”