By Emmanuel Aziken
Governor Rochas Okorocha has further paved the way for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu’s governorship aspiration by cementing the bond between him and the Mbaise people in the state.
Okorocha, speaking at Nwosu’s investiture with the traditional title of Ugwumba Oha Nile by traditional rulers from three local governments that make up Mbaise nation regretted that political leaders of the region doctored votes he garnered in the 2011 and 2015 elections. He said that the fact that people voted for him irrespective of the fact that the votes were doctored did not diminish the love of the Mbaise people for him or his love for them.
The event took place at the Central School Playground Itu in Ezinihitte Mbaise, the host local government for the 2018 Iriji Mbaise on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. There were more than twelve thousand people including friends of Mbaise nation in attendance, with the governor contending that he is proud of Mbaise people without mincing words and advised them to shun clannishness.
His words: “The name you hear about Imo State today in America, Canada, Uk, Abuja and all over the world, fifty percent of them are contributions of Mbaise people wherever they are found. Imo State is proud of Mbaise people. That is the reason my administration has done much to develop Mbaise including the Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, the Ahiara Mbaise Polytechnic, the Resin Paint Industry which my government repurchased and handed over to a Foreign Company, SkyRun and so on”.
Conferring the Chieftaincy title on Ugwumba Nwosu, the Chairman of Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Leo Nwokocha said that with the title, Uche Nwosu had become both a friend and a son to Mbaise people charging him never to forget Mbaise people at any given time.
Eze Nwokocha explained that they had considered a lot of factors before they decided to honour Nwosu with such a befitting Chieftaincy title and that it was done in the interest of Imo State and Mbaise people, in particular, expressing delight that Nwosu accepted the offer.
In his response, Ugwumba Nwosu said he lacked the appropriate words to describe his joy over the honour done to him by Mbaise people with the chieftaincy title, adding that for the people of Mbaise to honour him with such a wonderful title of “Ugwumba Oha Nile” showed how Mbaise people take him.