Son in-law to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Mr. Uche Nwosu has reportedly declared to run for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.
Our correspondent gathered, yesterday in Owerri that Nwosu’s declaration took place at his country home, in Eziama Obire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo state.
This was even as a governorship aspirant, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, said that APC in the state, cannot be under the control of just one man.
While the Imo Deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere was said to have insisted he would contest for the plum governorship position.
This is coming weeks after Okorocha said he was going to contest for Imo West Senatorial District, with the son in law contesting for governorship in 2019.
An arrangement, said did not go down well with the Deputy, as well as rejected the Senate offer. Insisting, he is in the race for the interest of Imo people.
The arrangement which did not go down well with the Deputy who rejected the Senate offer. insisting he was in the race for the interest of Imo people. It would be recalled that the drama started with an unrestricted endorsements by different groups for Nwosu as well as Madumere.
At a point, a planned endorsement for Nwosu, in Madumere’s local government area, Mbaitoli, was disrupted by scores of angry youths of the area, a scuffle which was said to have left some people injured. In another development, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, while speaking to his supporters at his Destiny Foundation office in Owerri, said that one man cannot control APC in the state.
According to Araraume, “No one man owns the party. The party belongs to all of you. And whatever will happen in Imo State, will be decided by you.
“There is no one man, no matter who the person is that owns this party. This party belongs to all of us. You must work hard to ensure that this party is strong in your area.
“There is no any other party that will win Imo State. Our President will be voted again to continue from 2019. So, no one man will decide what will happen in Imo.”
Recalling that, “When they were moving around telling people that they will change our elected executives and I told them that nobody can change our elected executives.
“That is not democracy, we are not in the period of dictatorship. We have long passed that, it is now history.”
Meanwhile, Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has stated that God and 24 out of the 27 local government areas in the state support the ambition of his son-in-law to succeed him in office.
According to the governor, 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.”
His words: “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.”
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The Rivers State Government has expressed worries over the high level of non-compliance of health protocols with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, warning that henceforth any resident caught without wearing facemask will be arrested and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim handed down the warning while speaking on a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt on Saturday and monitored by the Tide.
Nsirim who is Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee on Enlightenment for Covid-19 recalled the unhappiness of Governor Nyesom Wike during last Wednesday’s State broadcast with the attitude of many residents who flaunt extant directives on the wearing of facemask and other health protocols.
“The Governor in that broadcast also expressed concern that a lot of people in the State are not obeying the protocols. Social distancing, wearing of facemask and he spoke specifically in what is happening in some churches. Government will introduce policies, the onus is on the populace to obey those policies.
“Not just obeying it, the Covid-19 pandemic that we are talking about has defied medical solution for now. So to flatten the curve, everyone living and doing business in Rivers State has to take responsibility.
“If I take responsibility and everyone around me takes responsibility to observe the relevant protocol, we are sure to flatten the curve. But if people live righteously and just do as if nothing is happening because there are places where people are just living in denial.
“Some people still believe that there is nothing like Coronavirus. Two weeks ago, my committee rounded off street to street campaign in all the 23 local government areas of the State. They still met people who are in this denial. That is the challenge.
“The Governor is desirous that Rivers State remains safe. That is why he is initiating policies to ensure that strategically the state is somehow isolated from the national spread,” the Commissioner said.
Nsirim further said, “If you go around the State, since the executive order on facemask was introduced. You will notice that less than
30 per cent of the populace are really obeying that executive order. What we are seeing in the State is that people just put the mask around their chin.
“You go to some churches we see people open their mouth and things will be spewing out in the enclosed environment on the chin. The Governor is saying that to give this wearing of facemask the kind of weight that it deserves to save our people, a special taskforce be put in place.
“That is the only sure way because a lot of people are still living in denial. He said the governor’s broadcast is very clear, arrest and prosecute. Henceforth we will arrest and prosecute people not wearing facemask in public places,” he stated.
The Rivers State Government spokesman said arrangements have been concluded to monitor churches that fail to observe the guidelines of not more than 70 persons per church service, wearing of facemask, provision of water for hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, while weddings and burial ceremonies should not exceed 50 persons.
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