A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia State, Alex Otti, has formally declared his interest to vie for the governorship seat of the state.
Otti explained that he decided to join the gubernatorial race to rescue the people of the state from poverty and slavery, occasioned by 19 years of PDP misrule in Aba.
Otti, who made his intention known in Aba, claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stole his mandate in the 2015 general elections.
He accused the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Oliseh Metuh of aiding PDP, to rig the governorship election in favour of the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
The APGA chieftain said, “come 2019, I’m offering myself yet again to reclaim the mandate you gave me in 2015 election. And in 2015, we stopped PDP, from rigging at the polling units. They saw they could not succeed, they went and wrote fake results for Obingwa and Osisioma Ngwa local government areas, and brought it to collation centre in Umuahia.
“PDP wrote eighty-two thousand for themselves and also wrote Fourty-four thousand in Osisioma for themselves. We discovered what they were trying to do, they cancelled all the votes we got there”.
“When they cancelled those three local government areas, Oliseh Metuh, the former PDP National publicity secretary, and other Abia PDP stalwarts bombarded the collation centre in Umuahia. They broke into the collation centre, took the returning officer and intimidated him.
“They threatened him at the gunpoint. And the man reversed himself. If Oliseh Metuh is listening to me, he will be surprised that I’m calling his name. It is a matter of history.
“But I have forgiven him, because he has apologized to me. Oliseh metuh met me in a burial in Lagos. He told me that why he iwa passing through all this, was because of how he aided his party (PDP)to steal my mandate”.
He urged Abians and teeming APGA supporters to remain steadfast despite the harassment and intimidation against them by the ruling government.
Otti said the task to rescue the state was a collective one, calling on the people “to stop a government that does not pay salaries to workers”.
Earlier in his speech during the event, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and the Senator representing Anambra central zone in the National Assembly, Chief Victor Umeh, described Otti as a man who has the experiences, humility and fear of God to turn around Abia for the good of all.
DAILY POST reports that Anambra State Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, members of the Anambra State Executive Council, APGA Deputy National chairman for South, Engr. Uchenna Okogbuo, among other notable party chieftains, attended the ceremony.