Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has reiterated his support for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as the governor of the state in 2019.
Governor Okorocha has already endorsed Nwosu, who is his Chief of Staff, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate and his anointed successor.
Addressing journalists in Owerri, the Imo state capital, Governor Okorocha, who was represented at an event by his Special Adviser to on Electoral Matters, Chief Steve Asimobi, said the Imo people desire a governor who would lead the state on the path to prosperity.
Making reference to the United States, the governor noted that the country which Nigeria emulated her democratic system from had incorporated the family dynastic rule in its politics.
He wondered why the same cannot be replicated in Nigeria, stating that Nigerians “push morality to the extreme.”
“People talk about his son-in-law and I want to ask: from where do we borrow our democracy? Look at the American history, some times in the history of America, it was the Kennedys, the Kennedy Dynasty and hegemony. If not for death and, perhaps some other factors, may be they may have ruled America for a very long time,” he said.
“Look at the Bush family. Bush Senior was the President of America and his two sons were governors of two states in America. If it was in Nigeria, people will shout blue murder. After Clinton, his wife wanted to become President of America and almost defeated Barack Obama. She later contested against the present American President and won the popular vote in the election.
“If America where we borrow our democracy from are wise in doing this, why are we pedestal to be talking about son-in-law? If Uche Nwosu now divorces his wife, is he qualified to run? At times, we push morality to the extreme in Nigeria! Imo State wants somebody that can perform better than previous governors. We do not want somebody that will come and take us back to Egypt.”