During the run-up to the 2019 general election in Imo state, a section of the Umuoyima autonomous community in the Owerri Municipal Council of the state, in an elaborate ceremony with full government presence, formally adopted Chief Uche Nwosu, the son in-law to former governor Rochas Okorocha, as an indigene and a son of Umuoyima community.
The purpose at the time was to mitigate the controversial zoning argument which favoured an Owerri man to rule Imo state and puts Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), who is an Orlu man, at a disadvantage.
Yesterday, in an elaborate ceremony, the traditional ruler of Umuoyima community, Eze Theophilus Uba, his cabinet and the entire community renounced the adoption of Uche Nwosu as a son of Umuoyima saying that the community was forced into the adoption by socio-political pressures from obvious quarters.
The Legal Adviser of the community in his welcome address also noted that since the creation of Owerri Municipal 23 years ago, Umuoyima has remained marginalized and subjugated. He stated that no elective or appointive position in government has been occupied by a son of Umuoyima.
“Not even the Owerri Municipal Council Chairmanship has been occupied by a son of Umuoyima,” he lamented.
He noted that the unfortunate circumstances of the Umuoyima people were capitalized upon to inspire the adoption of Uche Nwosu as an indigene of Umuoyima. He noted that it was a regrettable action that the community is committed to redressing.
Many community leaders and stakeholders of the community took turns at the event to condemn the adoption of Nwosu as an indigene of Umuoyima while calling for the withdrawal and revocation of the said adoption.
After the Umuoyima women group took the stage to also renounce Nwosu, saying he was never their kinsman, an elder of the community, Goddy Ofurum formally moved a motion withdrawing the adoption of Uche Nwosu as a son of Umuoyima community. The motion was seconded by Chief Christian Anukam, the President General of the community and was ratified by the entire community.
Speaking after the motion, the Owerri Municipal Management Committee Chairman, Ebere Nwosu commended the community for retracing their steps while stressing: “The man who destroyed our market; the man who destroyed our homes; the man who annexed our lands cannot be our son and cannot be our leader.”
The community through their Legal Adviser declared their support and unalloyed loyalty to the government and administration of Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
He said: “We rely on the strength of character of Ihedioha and his impeccable record in public service, to project that the years of executive rascality; brazen maladministration and promotion of mediocrity are gone for goods in Imo state.”
“We wish this government well and declare without any fear of equivocation that the friends of the government shall be our friends and the adversaries of the government shall be our adversaries.”