The Orlu Council of Elders has said they will not support any candidate from the zone, including Chief Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
According to the council of elders, by 2019, the zone would have ruled the state for 16 years through Chief Achike Udenwa and the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha.
Secretary of the organisation, Prof. Nathan Uzoma, who stated this during a press briefing yesterday, in Owerri, Imo State capital, disclosed that the elders’ council, headed by Prof. Francis Dike (SAN), had resolved, after its general meeting last month, that there must be equity and balance in the 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. 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,” he said.
Just last week, Okorocha’s ex-commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Theodore Ekechi, lambasted the governor for insisting on his son in-law, Chief Nwosu, as his successor.