Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, has rejected his principal, Governor Rochas Okorocha’s offer to contest for the Imo East Senatorial election in 2019. Governor Okorocha had asked his deputy to contest for Senate instead of the governorship election to pave way for the Chief of Staff and his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, who he has endorsed as his successor.
But Madumere who is from Owerri zone which has not produced a governor in Imo state since the return to democracy in 1999, insisted that he has made up his mind to contest for the office of the governor in 2019.
He vowed that there is no going back on the decision, adding that the ambition is not just about him, but the entire Owerri zone that has been sidelined and marginalized.
The Deputy Governor of Imo state in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa, he has chosen his path towards realizing “God’s given vision to better the lot of Imolites”, adding that his fate “is in no man’s hands”.
Describing the Okorocha’s offer as an act of betrayal, the deputy governor, argued that “if Jesus Christ could be ill-treated by those he called his friends and was later betrayed by Judas, how much more a mere mortal like me”.
He said that he has been “molested, betrayed and insulted” by those he nurtured to “become relevant in life”.
According to the Nation, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, also declared his intention to contest for the Imo West Senatorial seat in 2019.
The Imo governor said his participation in the senatorial race will brighten the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in general election in the State.
Okorocha who made the disclosure during the inauguration of members of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) at Government House Owerri, also endorsed his deputy, Eze Madumere for Imo East Senatorial seat.
He also restated his earlier endorsement of his Chief of Staff and son in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu as his successor.
According to the governor,
“if Uche Nwosu will be home for governor, I will tell the deputy governor to go to Senate.
“I told you earlier that my interest is the Presidency but since President Buhari will be running in 2019 I decided to put my ambition on hold until he completes his tenure.
“But I have decided to run for the Imo West Senatorial zones because if I don’t, bad people will take the position “.
Okorocha added further that,
“if my name appears on the ballot paper as contesting for Senate, it will boost APC chances in the State. And many from my Senatorial zone have come to me and said they will not contest if I am interested “.