By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, Thursday thanked the Mbaise people for the chieftaincy title of “Ugwumba Oha Nile” on his anointed successor, for Imo 2019 gubernatorial race, Mr. Uche Nwosu.
In a statement to newsmen in Owerri, by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, said it was as a result of the love Mbaise people have for Okorocha.
It added: “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 has become both a friend and a son to Mbaise people charging him never to forget Mbaise people at any given time.”
The statement also said: “Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the people of Mbaise love him and voted for him in 2011 and 2015 elections respectively.
“But regretted that the few political cabal in the area sat somewhere and rewrite the results of the elections, adding that he also loves Mbaise people both as a people and for their unity and love for education.
“Governor Okorocha spoke at the 2018 popular Iriji Mbaise Festival where more than fifty-one traditional rulers from the three local governments of Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinihittee that make up Mbaise nation conferred the highest Chieftaincy Title of“Ugwumba Oha Nile” (the Pride of All People) on Chief Uche Nwosu, Chief of Staff Government House Owerri and a frontline guber aspirant in the State on the ticket of APC.
“The event took place at the Central School Playground Itu in Ezinihittee Mbaise, the host local government for the 2018 Iriji Mbaise on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 with 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.”