Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha says his wife, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha, was eminently qualified to govern the state adding she has all it takes to surpass his achievement in government.
The governor made this submission against the backdrop of multiple reports, and claims that he was positioning his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who is presently his Chief of Staff to succeed him as Imo governor in 2019.
Gov. Okorocha neither confirmed nor negated the claims but asserted that the controversy was needless in an interview he granted Vanguard where he said it won’t be improper for the mother of his six children to succeed him.
He told the paper: This young man(Nwosu), I never knew him from Adam. I never knew his father. By happenstance, he worked with me. He found my daughter and married my daughter. So, because of that, he can no longer be a man?
“Assuming that he is qualified to run for even president of Nigeria he cannot run because he is Rochas’ son-in-law? To be somebody’s in-law is now an offence? I don’t understand how people reason…If you think you can defeat him, stand up and defeat him. I have not made up my mind to support him. I have three people on my mind. When I decide I will come out and say this is the candidate I want to support. If it is Uche Nwosu, so be it.
“And if you think you can defeat him, okay, go and defeat him. If the people like him, that is how it will be. I don’t want this thing to become a minus for my children in future. I have very intelligent children that can help this country and help this state. You cannot say because they are my children they cannot run for election. Even my wife can run Imo State. That woman is so intelligent; she can lead this state perfectly, even better than I do.”