Days after he endorsed his son-in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu as his successor for the 2019 governorship election, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is battling to restore confidence of state’s All Progressive Congress (APC).
Besides, various pro-government youth groups operating within the APC umbrella had distanced themselves from the said endorsement.
Okorocha had some days ago declared that Nwosu, who is his Chief of Staff and son-in-law, had the required qualities to succeed him next year.
This had nonetheless pitted the party against the governor as various pro-government youth groups operating within the party umbrella promptly distanced themselves from Okorocha’s endorsement, describing it as undemocratic.
The groups-Imo Youth Council, the Agenda Vanguard (AV), Imo Youth Enlightenment Organisation (IYEO), Rochas Youth Alliance (RYA), APC Youth Vanguard (APCYV), Youth Equity Group (YEG), APC Youth League (APCYL) and the Imo Youths Agenda (IYA), insisted that such endorsement would not work as they angrily stormed out of a meeting organised by Special Adviser to Governor Okorocha on Youth Affairs, Kenneth Emelu at the Imo Youth Centre to rally support for the governor’s anointed successor.
Addressing a press conference shortly at the Imo Concord Hotel, the state commander of the Agenda Vanguard, Comrade Ibeawuchi Nwannaeri who spoke on behalf of the groups, said that APC would only support a candidate who emerged through a credible party primary, irrespective of the zone.
Although, Nwannaeri described Nwosu as a good candidate for the position, he maintained that the party’s interest should be paramount and placed far ahead of selfish interest.
He said: “We don’t want to make mistakes. Youths of Imo do not support endorsement of an individual over several others.
“Nwosu is a youth and a good man, but the interest of the party should be paramount.
“Whether it is Madumere, Nwosu, Ololo or Ejiogu, what we are saying is that they should emerge through a democratic process which is the party’s primaries.”
Also, a stakeholder of the party and former Commissioner for Information , Chief Vitalis Ajumbe while reacting to Okorocha’s endorsement of his son-in-law as the next Imo state governor, said that there was nothing wrong for the governor to endorse any candidate but had no right to determine who become his successor in 2019.
“Governor Okorocha has the right to support any candidate but has no right to determine who will become the governor of Imo state. It is left for the electorate to decide.
“If he thinks endorsing his son -in-law would make him the governor, he is deceiving himself, it only shows that Okorocha wants to come back for a third term through the back door,” Ajumbe said.
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