Against all plots by the Governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha to deny Hon Charles Uba emerging as the chairman of National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, Abia State, the former member of Imo House of Assembly still made the list.
According to impeccable sources, the Governor tried to replace Uba’s name with that of his in-law, Chuks Ololo, but the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress APC, Chief John Oyegun prevailed on those handling the matter not to replace Uba’s name with that of any other person.
It would be recalled that Imo State got three National Board chairmanship slots, which was keenly contested between Okorocha and other Imo politicians who rallied round to fight Okorocha to a standstill.
While the APC wanted the position to go round despite who you are, but Okorocha wanted the slots for his family members, which APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun frowned at.
In the end, Chief Charles Uba, the pioneer chairman of ACN in Imo State, and former member representing Ideato North in Imo House of Assembly got the Board Chairmanship position of NRCRI, which is in the six zones of Nigeria, and was founded in 2013.
Senator Osita Izunaso was made Chairman of Automatic Council, while Dr Hilary Eke, was made chairman of Anambra/Imo River Basin Authority.
Speaking to Trumpeta on phone, Chief Uba expressed gratitude to Senator Izunaso and Chief Oyegun for stopping Okorocha from replacing him with his in-law, pointing out that he will do his best to turn NRCRI around.
He said NRCRI is into researches, especially of high yielding crops, which are sold to the Ministry of Agriculture to boost food production in the Nation and ensure food security.
The former lawmaker said that his patience has paid off as this is a recognition of his commitment and loyalty to constituted authorities as represented by APC.
“I thank my Leaders for rewarding hard-work. If we all concentrate empowering only in our relations, how would APC grow? I appreciate the wisdom of our Leaders who stopped Okorocha from replacing my name with that of his in-law” Uba told Trumpeta.