11 October 2018
Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha, and aspiring to replace the governor in 2019, is said to have spent a night being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This claim was made by a source close to Senator Hope Uzodinma, who is trying to snatch the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket from Nwosu.
The source said Nwosu was arrested “for numerous petitions bordering on corruption and monumental fraud”. He was released after a night in detention “to submit documents with which to defend allegations on his handling of state funds”. It is very likely that influential opponents such as Uzodinma may have been involved in Nwosu’s arrest or at least, the petitions against him. Nwosu served as chief of staff to Okorocha, until resigning recently to run for governor.
The source also alleged that Nwosu, who was practically penniless before Okorocha became governor, now owns a five-star hotel in Owerri, swans around in limousines and a private jet and has spent 1.5bn naira ($4m) on “adverts and endorsements” for his 2019 (s)election effort and 1bn naira ($2.7m) on the APC primaries, in which both the Nwosu and Uzodinma camps are said to have “manufactured” results claiming victory.
Nwosu is said to have boasted to a friend that he will soon “begin to show the Imo electorate that money is not a problem to his quest for the governorship”. Okorocha is said to have left the “management and control of Imo State local government funds to the whims and caprices” of Nwosu.
It is widely believed in the state that the governor is hellbent on being succeeded by his son-in-law so that “the monumental corruption of the Okorocha family” is “covered by an Uche Nwosu governorship”.