Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State reportedly spent 600m naira ($3m) on Christmas decorations in Owerri, the state capital. The decorations included a “Christmas tree” that could have been a pyramid in disguise.
While Okorocha’s extravagance, while owing state employees salaries up to eight months in arrears, was blasted by many Nigerians on social media, it appears that the real story about who won the huge contract was missed by many commentators.
A source at Government House Owerri has revealed that the contract was awarded to the governor’s wife Nneoma Okorocha and his son-in-law Uche Nwosu, who also doubles as his Chief of Staff and is practically running the state.
Okorocha’s family-enrichment style of governance has been parodied by comedian Uche Ogbuagu as “familiocracy”. And true to form, Okorocha is, according to the source, already preparing for his son-in-law Nwosu to replace him as governor in 2019.
The source claimed that Okorocha “wants to be the Tinubu of Imo State”. Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, continues to pick his successors over eight years after he finished his own two terms in office, while his wife Remi is a senator, with other family members holding key positions in the state.