Governorship aspirants from Orlu zone, including Chief Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha, may have herculean task winning the top seat in Imo state as the Council of Elders from the zone, declared to support other zone for the governorship seat.
The council of elders made the resolution in a recent meeting, where it considered that the zone would have ruled the state for 16 years when Okorocha bows out of office in 2019.
Okorocha is believed to favour his son-in-law, who is the Chief of Staff to the state government as his successor, and it was rumoured to be mobilising structures and resources for its actualisation.
However, not aligned with the consideration of the governor, the Orlu council of elders who observed that with Chief Achike Udenwa and incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha as governors, it’s in the interest of equity and fairness that other zones be supported to produce the next governor.
Disclosing the resolution of the council to newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, its Secretary, Prof. Nathan Uzoma, said it took the decision to ensure harmony between all zones and balance governance of the state.
“The Orlu Elders Council has made it abundantly clear that it will not support any governorship candidate from Orlu in 2019 because of equity and social harmony in the state,” Uzoma said.
He continued, “By 2019, they would have ruled the state for 16 years and it would be wrong for the zone to be talking of producing another governor in 2019.
“There is a charter of equity in the state which was signed by the three zones on how political power is shared for there to be equity and social harmony in the state.
“What we want is a good and credible candidate from either Owerri or Okigwe and they will have our support because this organisation is made up of opinion leaders, the academia, professionals, businessmen and politicians across the 12 council areas of the zone and our opinion carries weight.”