My Son-in-law’s Governorship Ticket Is Not Automatic - Okorocha
The Imo State son-in-law drama is yet to be over, but it seems the governor is soft-pedaling.
In an attempt on Tuesday to clear the air over his alleged plan to present his son-in-law, Mr Uche Nwosu, as his candidate in the state's governorship election, Governor Rochas Okorocha told reporters at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, shortly on arrival from an overseas' trip, that as much as Nwosu was qualified to govern Imo, his ticket was not automatic.
However, he insisted that his position on his endorsement stands.
"The primary to elect a governorship candidate for the APC in Imo would be transparent and there will be no shortcut in selecting candidates to fly the party’s flag," he told reporters.
Critics had attacked the governor for his penchant for choosing his relations to occupy public offices.
Okorocha also disclosed that local government council elections in Imo would be conducted in June, to give residents of the state an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice at the grassroots.
The popularity of his political party, the All Progressives Congress, in Imo State has been low, as the governor had won his first term under the All Progressive Grand Alliance.
But he said he was working hard to boost the popularity of the APC in the South-East to make the party acceptable to the people in the upcoming general elections.
The governor said that he was also taking necessary steps to inject life into the party to boost President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election chances.