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SSG defies Okorocha, picks governorship form



SSG defies Okorocha, picks governorship form

Secretary to the Imo State Government (SSG), Mr. George Eche, has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form for the governorship of Imo State, defying Governor Rochas Okorocha who is rooting for his Chief of Staff and son in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu.

This is also as the governor has declared that Mr. George Eche is on his own, as his aspiration to govern the state does not enjoy his endorsement.

The apparent crack in Okorocha’s political family came to light last Friday during APC stakeholders’ meeting in the state.

The governor was reported to have, in a last minute move, ceded the House of Representatives’ ticket of the party for Aboh Mbaise-Ngor Okpala federal constituency which Eche had long declared interest to run, to another person, thereby dashing the hopes of the SSG.
To the amazement of many stakeholders, the SSG boldly told the governor in the same forum that it was either his House of Representatives bid or the governorship.

While party faithful were trying to make sense of Eche’s bold declaration, the news broke that the SSG has obtained the APC governorship nomination form.

While the dust raised by the action of the SSG is yet to settle, party loyalists say he has shut down his phone since Friday and had remained incommunicado.

However Okorocha, yesterday, hastened to clarify his stand on the issue and distance himself from his SSG.


A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, read in part: “The SSG, Mr. George Eche was quoted to have claimed that the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha had asked him to contest the 2019 governorship election. And for this claim, the governor has been inundated with calls over the authenticity or otherwise of this claim by Mr. Eche.

“To say the least, the claim is totally false. It is not true. The governor never told Mr. Eche to go for the 2019 governorship either directly or through a proxy. In other words, the governor is not aware of Mr. Eche’s governorship aspiration.”

Onwuemeodo noted that if Eche is indeed contesting the governorship, he is doing so as an Imo man or as a Nigerian exercising his constitutional right and nothing more.

He added: “Before now, Mr. Eche had told the governor he was going to contest the House of Representatives for Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency, and if he has changed his mind for another position, the governor does not know.
“It is also important to advise Mr. Eche to stop further dropping of the governor’s name. If he has decided to contest for the governorship of the state, he should do so without dropping the governor’s name.”

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