Morung Express News | Dimapur | January 31: A senior leader of the NSCN (IM) today denied appointing Q Tuccu as Chairman of the NSCN (IM). The leader, who wished to be anonymous, maintained that that the NSCN (IM) leadership was yet to finalise on a successor to its late President Isak Chishi-Swu.
A report today quoting inside sources had stated that Tuccu, a Collective Leadership member, was a consensus choice and his swearing-in was expected on Thursday, January 31.
The NSCN (IM) leader said, “Q. Tuccu was certainly one of the candidates but the leadership has not finalized who” and when.
Terming the reports as false, he said that no swearing-in ceremony was held today and if at all it is conducted, it will occur at its headquarters. The NSCN (IM) Collective Leadership, led by the Ato Kilonser, is presently in New Delhi.
Speculations have been doing the rounds of Tuccu being a strong contender to the top post as Chairman-cum-President of the Naga Political Group even before the demise of its former President, the late Isak Chishi-Swu.
The reports resurfaced on January 30 on social media making it to the news.
Chishi-Swu, alongwith General Secretary (Ato Kilonser) Th. Muivah, was a founding leader of the NSCN (IM). The former held the post of president, also known as ‘Yaruiwo’, in the organizational hierarchy.