The Imo state assembly has endorsed Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Gov. Rochas Okorocha, to be the next governor of the state in 2019 when the incumbent concludes his second term in office. The lawmakers said that Nwosu, who is he governor’s chief of staff, is the most qualified Imolite to take over from Okorocha.
The endorsement: “After meeting with the members of the House of Assembly, we, irrespective of party affiliations, have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu. We urge him to contest the poll. If he does, we will support him to be the governor in 2019,” said the Imo House Committee Chairman on Petroleum, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and Niger Delta Development Commission, Henry Ezediaro, at a press conference.
According to Ezedairo, the Imo lawmakers believe that if Nwosu does not continue from where his father-in-law stopped, the good policies initiated by the Okorocha administration may die.
Who’s Nwosu anyway?
- He was a union leader at the Imo state university before becoming personal assistant to Okorocha, while the governor was the president of the Rochas Foundation. He later became deputy chief of staff to Okorocha at the Foundation.
- When Okorocha was elected in 2011, he appointed the then 35-year old Nwosu the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations).
- Two years later, in January 2013, Nwosu married Okorocha’s daughter, Uloma, and became the governor’s son-in-law. The couple has twin kids.
- In 2014, Nwosu became the governor’s chief of staff, and has held that position till date.
In 2015, as Okorocha competed for the APC presidential ticket, Nwosu was given the APC governorship ticket in Imo state. It was clear at the time that he was just a placeholder for Okorocha who was competing at the time for the APC presidential ticket. Following Buhari’s emergence as the APC presidential candidate, Nwosu stepped down for “personal reasons” and promised to “support whoever emerges as the new APC candidate.” Of course that person was his father-in-law.
- This is what Nwosu thinks about his father-in-law, Okorocha: “Everything I know today, I learnt from Owelle Rochas Okorocha. I am so grateful to God for bringing us together. He is an embodiment of good leadership and philanthropy, a very kind father to me and my wife. he is a blessing to Imo state and Nigeria, at large.”