Rochas Okorocha, the Imo State Governor has insisted that the Nigerian constitution allows his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, to be the next governor of the state.
Okorocha made the claim while addressing journalists at the state’s Government House in Owerri, the state capital.
The governor alleged that some politicians, both at the state and the national levels were ganging up against Nwosu’s governorship ambition.
He alleged that those ganging up against Nwosu were using his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, and some other politicians.
Okorocha also said the controversy surrounding pension payment in the state had been resolved by 90 per cent.
He said: “The total payment of pension in the state has gone down from N1.4billion to between N600 to N650million.
“The problem in Imo state is no longer the issue of zoning. It is now the issue of son-in-law, you can see that the zoning campaign has gone down. I know what is paining my political opponent is the issue of son-in-law including Archbishop Obinna.
“Let me tell you, favour has found the young man. It is God and not me. There is no place in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that says that an in-law cannot be governor. Nwosu has not done anything wrong to contravene the constitution as to say he is not qualified to be the next governor of Imo state.
“I remember the Tinubus in Lagos state and the Sarakis in Kwara state.
“I am aware that they are using people like Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu to fight me for 2019 and 2023. I know those using them. Put them together, they can’t defeat me. I want to tell you that they will soon break.”