If the Supreme Court ruling, on the 20th of December 2019, which affirmed Uche Nwosu as the candidate of the APC, and the AA, it goes to prove the popularity and acceptability of former governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, by Imo people.
INEC had declared Uche Nwosu second, after Ihedioha, before Hope Uzodinma would produce some results at the Supreme Court, on January 14th of 2020, showing that the APC won the election.
As unpopular as the verdict was, the court had to uphold the verdict, based on available records presented before it.
But if the December ruling, for which Philip Umeadi is in court today against Hope Uzodinma, is anything to go by, it could even be assumed that the APC won because of Uche Nwosu.
If Umeadi eventually gets his day in court, Hope Uzodinma runs the risk of being shown the way out. Many people believe there are forces working behind the scene, and probably expending a lot of resources, to make sure the case stays unheard.
Uche Nwosu however, haven’t been dampened by the outcome of the 2019 General Elections, as he has maintained a good spirit, and has been going around supporting young upcomers, to establish themselves in trade, businesses and even scholarships, like he got a certain Darlington Ibekwe, enrolled for a programme with a British University.
Some pundits are of the view, that Uche Nwosu may give Uzodinma, and even Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, a run for their money, if he eventually decides to contest the governorship seat again in 2023.
The 2019 elections, and it numerous legal outcomes, has confirmed Nwosu as a force to reckon with in the state, as should he contest for the seat again, chances are, that he might even defeat the duo of Uzodinma and Ihedioha in an election who’s outcome wouldn’t be determined by a Supreme Court, which most people in Imo today, have lost faith in.
Nwosu has yet to make a formal statement about his political future.
With his father-in-law bent on pursing his presidential aspirations, there are thoughts that Nwosu may seek to replace him in the Senate as the House of Representatives seat, is now deemed to small for a man who ran such a governorship race in the state.
Some other pundits still hope to see Nwosu seeking the governorship seat, as there is the belief that judging by the level of rejection Uzodinma is facing in the state, Nwosu might turn out to become the party’s hope to match Ihedioha.
With very powerful backers like his father-in-law Senator Rochas Okorocha, and Okigwe billionaire and politician, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, both men with powerful connection in Abuja, 2023 might not be a smooth rode for Uzodinma, if Uche Nwosu decides to get into the ring.