The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has warned that APGA and its candidates must not be made the whipping boy in the forthcoming elections, in Abia State.
Otti’s warning shot is coming on the heels of the official publication of his name by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the APGA candidate for the 2019 governorship election in Abia State.
“We are going to Abia this time with red eye”, he fired, adding, “This is not 2015”.
Dr. Otti, who addressed a group of Abia indigenes on a solidarity visit to him in Lagos, said he would not allow a repeat of the events of 2015 Abia governorship campaign, where he was maliciously attacked by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State.
“If they stop me from campaigning, I will stop them from campaigning. If you pull down my billboard, I will pull down your billboard”, he declared.
The two-time APGA gubernatorial candidate enthused in the words of Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, “I no be gentleman again o…”, saying, “I have dropped the garb of gentility”.
Speaking pointedly on the performance of the present PDP government in Abia State, Dr. Otti, a renowned banker, economist and former managing director/chief executive of Diamond Bank Plc, described the Okezie Ikpeazu government in Abia State as a colossal failure.
“It was an American author, Mark Twain, that said it is better to keep your mouth closed and let the people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubts. But I will like to rephrase that by saying, ‘it is better to keep your mouth closed and let the people think you are wise, than to open it and make a fool of yourself’”, he said.
“They have opened their mouths and we have seen that they are fools. Enough is enough. Abia people are completely fed up of almost 20 years of PDP misrule and are now poised to break the chain, so as to enthrone a regime of progress and prosperity”, he concluded.