Speaker Refutes Endorsement Of Any Candidate
The crisis in Imo Assembly has continued to deepen as a member of the house, Mr Henry Igbomezie has during the weekend claimed that the lawmakers have agreed to field Chief Uche Nwosu, Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, as a gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming 2019 election.
This information by the lawmaker confirmed the initial rumour which has been circulating on the State’s governor intention to replace himself with his son in law.
However, the Speaker of the Imo State Assembly, Chief Acho Ihim via his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Marcel Ekwezuo, has refuted the information by Igbomezie’s as he said that “it is a figment of his imagination.“
Quoting the speaker, “It needs to be made clear that at no time did members of Imo State House of Assembly, which comprises elected members of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, meet and endorsed Uche Nwosu as their preferred governorship candidate or any person for that matter.”
He added that “It is therefore mindboggling that a lawmaker declared that the 27 members unanimously endorsed Uche Nwosu. IMHA is not in the business of endorsement of political candidates.”
He further asked the citizens of the state to disregard the claim of the endorsement of any candidate by the legislators as that is not part of their legislative functions. In his words, “It is the figment of his imagination and has no bearing with Imo House of Assembly and her revered members.”
A member of the Media/Publicity Committee of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume’s Destiny Organization, Mr Agunwa Emeka Ezeribe, who also commented on the issue, said the claim by the lawmaker should be regarded as one of Okorocha’s tricks no longer holds water.
According to him, “Okorocha is presently in a quagmire. The people of Imo State are united in their condemnation and rejection of Okorocha and his unpopular and retrogressive policies, actions and inactions, which have increased the suffering of the betrayed masses of Ndimo, who put him in office.
“Rochas Okorocha is, therefore, undertaking a last-ditch bid to hold on to the fast vanishing vestiges of a lost empire; hence this latest lacklustre propaganda of deliberate disinformation to hoodwink the public through unfounded, misguided rumours.”