Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has literally gone on bended knees to plead with the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress to field his candidate of choice, his son-in-law as the governorship candidate of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okorocha made the plea in Owerri, on a day he also announced that he would pay N5billion out of the money owed pensioners and N9billion of the salaries to workers.
Pleading with Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the party, Okorocha declared for the umpteenth time that his son-in-law Mr Uche Nwosu was the winner of the APC governorship primaries in the state.
He said Nwosu’s name should be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
At the moment, the party appears leaning towards Senator Hope Uzodinma, one of the political foes of Okorocha, within the ruling APC.
Okorocha said upholding Nwosu’s candidacy will “protect the high integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari and the integrity of the Party.”
He added that Nwosu remains the “only hope” for the state, adding that the candidates of other parties would spell doom for the state.
“For some time now, I have been in Abuja fighting for the soul of Imo State from possible kidnap and subsequent destruction by Political thieves.
“The only hope left for Imo State now is for Uche Nwosu to emerge as a candidate, if not there will be total economic catastrophe when I leave as governor.
“Though they have spoken falsely and badly about our candidate, nobody can say that he was a fraudster in Lagos or that he was an armed robber in Benin or an arrogant man or a criminal.
“They have actually nothing to say about him except that he is my son-in-law,” the release read.