Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon Acho Ihim has issued a statement debunking the purported endorsement of Hon.Uche Nwosu ahead of the 2019 Governorship election. In a statement made available to IMO STATE BLOG on Sunday, Rt.Hon Ihim stated that at no time did the elected lawmakers from both sides of the aisle (APC/PDP) endorse the candidacy of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as their preferred governorship candidate or any person for that matter.
It all started when the Member representing Oguta State Constituency, Henry Ezediaro, told newsmen that majority of the lawmakers agreed that Nwosu was the most qualified to take over from his father-in-law, Governor Okorocha and the entire 27 members had even gone ahead to donate 27 buses to the campaign. Read excerpts from the statement:
For the avoidance of doubt, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is one of our own and is eminently qualified to contest for the governorship of our dear Imo State. Apparently, he is a member of our ruling APC and a citizen of lmo State. All these therefore gives him the right to vote and or be voted for.
However, it needs to be made clear that at no time did the members of lmo State House of Assembly which comprises elected members of APC and PDP meet and endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as their preferred governorship candidate or any person for that matter.
The job of elected members of the House of Assembly is to make laws and take resolutions at the plenary that impacts positively on the lives of the people of lmo State. Endorsement of candidates for whatever position is no doubt not part of it.
Each member though is at liberty to have preference for any aspirant of their choice but certainly such preference (es) does not constitute a house matter.
It is therefore mind -boggling that a distinguished honourable member is quoted to have granted a press conference declaring that the 27 honourable members have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
Undoubtedly, power comes from God and is bequeathed on whoever He wills and if Ugwumba is favoured by God for this job then so be it!
But it has to be pointed out that it is the duty of APC as a party to produce a candidate. If that candidate is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu then the honourable members of APC extraction are duty bound to deliver the candidate.
In light of the foregoing, l want to believe that Hon. Henry Ezediaro who is at liberty to personally support whoever he wants to support was quoted out of context by saying the entire 27 members have endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and even donated 27 buses and went further to dare the governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha.
In any event, let it be clear to all that lmo State House of Assembly is not in the business of endorsement of political candidates but in the business of making laws. That is the reason for their being elected in the House of Assembly.
The entire Imolites are therefore advised to discountenance the said publication as that of course is the figment of imagination of the writer and has no bearing with lmo State House of Assembly and her revered members.
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly.
It all started when the House Committee Chairman on Petroleum, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and Niger Delta Development Commission, Henry Ezediaro, told newsmen that majority of the lawmakers agreed that Nwosu was the most qualified to take over from his father-in-law, Governor Okorocha and the entire 27 members had gone ahead to donate 27 buses to the campaign.