I won’t congratulate Ikpeazu — Otti

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The governorship candidate of the All
Progressives Grand Alliance in Abia State, Dr.
Alex Otti, has said his party would provide a
virile opposition to the ruling Peoples
Democratic Party in the state to ensure that
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu delivers on the social
contract with Abia people.
He also said he won’t congratulate Ikpeazu.
Otti said the state government must
understand that democracy thrives on virile
opposition and Abia must have such opposition.
“The days where everyone would queue behind
one person and sing his praises are over in the
state,” he stated.
Otti, who spoke on Thursday in Aba, the
commercial hub of the state, at a thanksgiving
rally organised by the state chapter of APGA,
noted that having accepted the Supreme Court
judgment without minding its flaws, he still
wanted the governor to succeed for the
collective interest of Abia people.
He said, “To Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, let me state
unequivocally that we have nothing against him
as a person but the system that imposed him
against all democratic norms and practices,
which attached more value to his ambition than
to the lives of innocent Abians.
“But for the governor to succeed, he must not
only repent but also purge himself of those
primitive and primordial practices that have
continued to present the state as theatre of
absurdities.
“He must stop the payment of monthly
stipends to some lazy and jobless persons
masquerading as godfathers, leaders and
stakeholders. We believe that such act is evil
and should not continue in the state.”
According to Otti, agents of the PDP and Abia
State Government who desperately want to
hear him congratulate Ikpeazu in the spirit of
sportsmanship are ignorant of the meaning of
sportsmanship.
He said, “While we have accepted the
unpopular judgment that injures the
sensibilities of Abians, we cannot congratulate
you as that would amount to endorsement of
criminality. So, rather than arrogantly
demanding for unjust and undeserved
congratulatory message from me and my party,
the PDP should rather express remorse, seek
repentance, and be humble enough to seek for
forgiveness from God and Abians.”
Otti also cautioned his supporters who might
be disappointed with the turn of events to hold
their peace.

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