By Chijindu Emeruwa
A former managing director of Diamond Bank and the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), in Abia State during 2015 and 2019 general elections, Alex Otti, has explained why he dumped APGA for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC.
He revealed that he defected to the APC to salvage the state from bad governance foisted on the people of the State by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-led administration.
Otti who spoke while formally declaring for the party during an enlarged meeting of the leaders and members of All Progressives Congress, APC, of Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area Chapter, on Friday.
DAILY POST reports that Alex Otti, declared for the party at his Ehi na Uguru Ward 5, Isialangwa South Local Government and was later received by the Abia State chairman of the APC, Hon Donatus Nwankpa, at the party secretariat in Umuahia, the state capital.
However, Otti, while speaking further,
pointed out that he had no illusions that politics would be tortuous and treacherous when he walked out of the executive suites of the banking industry in 2014.
The foremost financial guru, added that he had decided to keep on fighting in order to liberate the state.
He said, “Along the way, the experience have been trying and monumental. But from the very beginning and our people the great Abians have shown us immense love and support since 2015.
“But you were witnesses to what happened. The fact that we didn’t form the government was not because we didn’t win the election, rather our mandate was stolen.
“We chose this mission, not for lack of what to do, or in response to any overriding ambition for power, but we are in this struggle purely for the love of our people and to give back to the society.
“The Lord has blessed us with some talents, vision and ability and wants us to light up the touch and shine the light for the people to find the way.”
Speaking while welcoming Otti to the party, Nwankpa said there was no discrimination within the party.
He added that the party would provide a level playing ground for all its members to run for any political office in the state.
“We love to have you in our midst because our mission is rescuee Abia.
“We want to asure you of our support in line with your aspirations because we are not zoning any positions, so everyone is qualifed to run for any office,” he said.