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2023: No plan to jail Ikpeazu, Orji if elected as Abia governor – Alex Otti

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The Labour Party flagbearer for the upcoming march 11 governorship elections in Abia state, Alex Otti, has declared he has no plan to jail outgoing Governor of the State, Okezie Ikpeazu, and his predessesor or, Senator Theodore Orji when emerged as next governor.

He spoke during the weekend, against widespread speculations in many quarters in the state, purporting he had concluded plan threatened to imprison the two Abia leaders if elected into office of the state governor in next saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Otti who revealed the rationale behind his entry into the murky water of Nigeria politics having resigned his plum job as the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the defunct Diamond Bank Plc, now known as Access Bank, maintained that his desire is to redeem Abia State from the doldrums of underdevelopment and public opprobrium.

The frontline LP gubernatorial candidate reiterated that he is undeterred and would do all that is legally and morally acceptable to lead the fight to reclaim Abia from the stranglehold of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Words: “There’s another one, that I said I will jail former governor T. A. Orji, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and all their people; that I’ve threatened to put them in jail, as if I’m a warden or a judge or EFCC. What I’m coming to do is to work and the work is to liberate our people,” the renowned economist and top banker told his hosts.

“I want to develop this state. I want us to feel good as Abia people. I don’t want us to feel ashamed to introduce ourselves as coming from Abia, which is one of the reasons I came out to contest this election. That is why I thought I should break an egg to make omelette for all our people. Breaking an egg in this case for me is giving up my illustrious job as bank chief executive to launch this fight and I have been consistent since I started it.

“Elsewhere, the PDP government in Abia State should be apologising to us rather than seeking to succeed itself. Somebody should tell them that they should go on their knees and beg us for forgiveness because they have ruined this state rather than presenting themselves again for election. They should all withdraw because they have failed collectively”, Otti concluded.

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