By George Onyeji
If information making all the rounds in the state capital of Imo State is anything to hold on, it means that Governor Rochas Okorocha has summed up plans to eliminate his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, and former Secretary to the Government of Imo State (SGI), Sir Jude Ejiogu for opposing his decision to foist his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Chief Uche Nwosu as Governor as the only way to block qualified and popular indigenes of Owerri Zone to cling the number one position in 2019.
According to our source, the information was a fall-out of uncomplinentary comment Governor Okorocha made on Thursday during a press conference at Government Owerri, the source revealed that, Governor Okorocha expressed annoyance that his deputy, Eze Madumere refused to vie for senatorial seat, while Jude Ejiogu vehemently declined the APC ticket he offered him to contest Federal House of Representatives for Owerri Federal Constituency, adding that instead of the duo to assist him make Uche Nwosu Governor, they chose to allign with opposition (Ararume) to fight him.
The source maintained that following their refusal to support Uche Nwosu to succeed his father-in-law in 2019, Governor Okorocha was alleged to have vowed to deal with Eze Madumere and Jude Ejiogu respectively for working against his interest, pointing out that it would be better to have no Imo after 2019 than for anyone to thwart his resolve to make Chief Nwosu Governor.
The source further added that Governor Okorocha called on anyone close to Eze Madumere and Jude Ejiogu to advice them on the need to make U-turn towards ensuring that Uche Nwosu’s project succeed, describing it as the only way to avoid his anger against them.
The source also hinted that Governor Okorocha boasted that over his dead body should anyone he did not support would succeed in 2019.
It can be recalled that while Governor Okorocha sacked Jude Ejiogu as SSG in 2016 barely eight months of assumption of office for unknown reasons, he has continued to deny his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere necessary constitutional preferences due for his office to cripple them in view of 2019.