Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha, who completes his second term in office in 2019, is also finalising plans for choosing his replacement, according to a well-placed Owerri source.
Okorocha’s misrule has been described by comedian Uche Ogbuagu as a “familiocracy” and the governor is living up to that label by keeping everything, including his successor, in the family.
The greedy governor’s original plan was to anoint his son-in-law and Chief of Staff Uche Nwosu as the next governor. Nwosu is married to Okorocha’s first daughter Uloma, but unfortunately for their plans, he also comes from the same Orlu senatorial zone as the governor.
In the “turn by turn” nature of Nigerian politricks, the governorship has been “zoned” to Imo North as the people would not put up with another four years of a governor from Orlu on top of Okorocha’s eight years.
Not to be deterred by this spanner in the works, Okorocha has started planning an arranged marriage for his third daughter Uchechi with Ifeanyi Ararume Jr, his Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Ararume is from Okigwe in Imo North and Okorocha has chosen him to be the next governor on the condition that the commissioner marries his daughter.
Ararume Jr, whose father, Ifeanyi Ararume Sr, was a former senator, candidate for governor and serial party switcher now with the All Progressives Congress (APC), was in the UK a few weeks ago on Okorocha’s orders to woo his daughter Uchechi, a student at the University of York.
Our source was not sure at the time of writing whether Okorocha’s matchmaking plans, which require Uchechi’s consent, have been successful.