Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, has expressed confidence that he will clinch the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections.
He also said that he is comfortable with any mode of primary – direct, indirect or consensus – adopted by the party to select its candidates, noting that with his growing acceptability and preparedness, he stands a better chance to win the general election.
Nwosu, who spoke with newsmen in Owerri yesterday dispelled speculations that he is dropping his ambition, Damian described it as “a lie from the pit of hell”, peddled by those that are intimidated by his rising profile.
The chief of staff also dismissed as unfounded and baseless rumours that the Secretary to the State Government, Sir George Eche, who was rumoured to have bought governorship nomination form, was prompted by Governor Rochas Okorocha to replace him.
Nwosu noted that Eche’s decision was personal and which he is entitled to, “democracy is all about people and interest, anybody can aspire to be governor, member of House of Reps or Senator, what matters is that at the end of the day, the people will make their choice. If the Secretary to the State Government decides to run for governor, for Christ’s sake it is a free world, you don’t stop anybody in a democracy. Anybody who wants to run for governor is free but the party officials will choose the party’s candidate, while the people will choose who emerges as the governor”.
He said, “People are scared that Ugwunmba Uche Nwosu is the preferred choice. The state governor, Rochas Okorocha has made is intention known that I am the preferred choice for the office of the governor of Imo state and people are afraid and now they are saying that I am no more running”.