Imo: Former Governor, others Scramble for Imo Ambassadorial Position

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A former governor of Imo State is believed to be among some prominent figures within the All Progressives Congress (APC), currently engaged in a fierce scramble for the highly sought-after ambassadorial slot of the state.


Few months after he was declared President, Bola Tinubu recalled all ambassadors appointed by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.


With signs indicating that the Tinubu is set to appoint their replacements, APC state governors have reportedly submitted lists of nominees for the presidency’s consideration.


In states where the APC does not have governors, the governorship candidates and influential party chieftains have taken the lead in putting forth their recommendations.


 It is expected that in some states, the presidency will directly assume the role of selecting nominees.


A source informed this newspaper that there is “a vigorous lobby for the coveted ambassadorial position in Imo.


“A former governor and some key APC chieftains in the state, including some of those who lost in the 2023 general elections in the state, are interested in being nominated by the governor.”


Governor Hope Uzodimma, who is known for playing his cards close to his chest and leaving political pundits and party insiders guessing who would be nominated, has yet to show the direction he would be going.


However, while his choice for the position remains undisclosed; there are indications that he might propose an individual outside the core circle of his political allies and associates.


ImoNEXT observed that the governor has that tendency of overlooking members of his political inner circle for such roles.


His previous two nominees for ministerial positions and his running mate for Imo governorship are women with professional backgrounds who could be considered non-active members of his political inner circle or members outside the group of his steadfast supporters.


Doris Uzoka Anite, was a career banker, who served as his Commissioner of Finance, and was Imo State ministerial nominee in President Tinubu’s administration, while Mrs Chinyere Ekomaru, a lecturer at Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, was nominated by the governor as his  running mate in the just concluded Imo governorship election.

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