HOT OPINION: “LIES NO LONGER MEAN ANYTHING IN GOVERNANCE IN ABIA STATE” – OBIOMA FIRES 

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… Says, Otti is the best for Abia State

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ABIA 2019: OTTI REMAINS THE MAN TO BEAT By Obioma Kanu

With the commencement of electioneering campaigns, recontesting sitting governors have been using their tenor scorecard to project into their second term bids. There is no doubt that when a president or governor performs creditably well in the first tenor, such an official does not need all the grandstand paid endorsements and advertorials, as is the case with most of our politicians. Your works should be able to speak for you.

In Abia, for instance, virtually all available billboards adorns the poster of one man, its governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu. The sole purpose being advertising his deeds so far, and canvassing for support towards his re – election bid, come 2019. What a colossal waste of tax payers money!

Abia has never fared well in almost 20years of PDP administration, from Dr Orji Uzor Kalu till date. However, the reign of the immediate past governor, Chief T.A Orji, has remained Abia’s darkest years. Under Ochendo, there was a total collapse of leadership in the state. The trend has even worsened under the current leadership of Okezie Ikpeazu. He seem to have continued where Ochendo stopped – celebrating cosmetic and sub – standard projects. Ikpeazu is only an instrument in the hands of his two godfathers – the immediate past governor, T.A Orji and his son, Chinedu, aka Ikuku. Ikpeazu does not have a mind of his own. And so it’s practically impossible for such a person to deliver democratic dividends to the state.

With almost four years on the saddle, Ikpeazu is yet to come up with a holistic blueprint for the development of the state. Just last March, the governor, in a media chat, claimed that he has opened up the rural areas for economic activities, and that the face of Abia has changed commendably. And I ask how? Maybe he meant changing from worse to worst. He stated then that he has done 60 roads – rural, intra – state and inter – state. And I ask, which inter – state road? Is it Umuahia – Mbaise, Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene, Uturu – Afikpo, Aba – Owerri, Aba – Port Harcourt, or what? He equally claimed that 33 of the 60 roads already done are in Aba, and that 105 construction sites were active, as at March. Wonders, indeed, shall never end!

Is it in our own Abia or Ebonyi state that the governor was talking about? Lies no longer mean anything in governance. The government has not done up to 30km of roads altogether. More so, the verifiable ones are not well done. Where is your one ward, one project scheme? I challenge you to show us at least fifty. Can you equate Abia’s monthly Federal revenue allocation and internally generated revenue (IGR) with that of Ebonyi? Again, Abia, as an oil producing state, still receives 13% extra allocation. But Ebonyi has managed its resources so well and the state has witnessed massive infrastructural development. So, it’s not about the quantum of resources available, but the ability of the leader, at the helm of affairs, to manage it well.

The government of the day believes that it’s doing the citizens a favour by doing its constitutionally assigned role. Is the construction of a flyover at Osisioma, Ariaria access road or reconstruction of Aba road in Umuahia not part of what we voted for? Even after the receipt of over N30bilion Paris Club refund bailout funds, workers in the state are still being owed salaries of 8months and upwards. So where did all the money received go to?

The surprising thing in Abia is that one cannot single out a particular sector that Ikpeazu’s government has addressed so well. The health care facilities have become mortuaries, with health workers being owed over 9months of salary arrears. The willingness to work has since left them. Equally, the plight of pensioners in the state is even more worrisome.

There is no gainsaying the fact that in the 2015 elections, having seen it all before then, Ndi Abia dreamt change. Not only did they dream, they came out in their numbers and voted for this change in the person of Dr Alex Otti, who, as at then, was the flagbearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA). Otti, an ex – banker turned politician, clearly won in fourteen(14), out of the seventeen(17) LGAs. He was cruising to a landslide victory, and suddenly Abians where denied the opportunity of experiencing the real change that they all clamoured and voted for, due to our weak electoral system.

And so Dr Alex Otti has re – presented himself once more, to serve Abians – still under the same political party – APGA. Otti and APGA are the party to beat, and the ruling PDP government in the state knows it. Otti embodies all that Abians are looking for in their leader. He is a servant – leader, a man of many parts, who enjoys massive acceptability, popularity and support that cuts across every strata of the state. He is a self – made man and a round peg in a round hole. He is Abia’s best bet of cleaning up the almost twenty(20) years of PDP maladministration, and taking us off the woods.

Dr Alex Otti is a first class economist, with vast private and public sector experience. He is a man on a mission to salvage Abia from total collapse and misrule. He is already set on a course that he must follow, and there is no stopping him, this time around. He is committed and knows what to do to totally transform Abia. Ndi Abia, the time has therefore come for us to change our narrative.

Every Abian, young and old, has a key role to play in ensuring Otti’s election as the next governor of our state, come 2019. In the words of Joseph Stalin, “the people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything”. And this is emphatically true, especially in Nigeria. Our destiny is therefore in our hands, come 2019. It will not only be leaving after casting your votes, but staying back and ensuring that your votes do count. Thus, the true change that we all crave for, is in our hands, and Alex Otti personifies that change.

Abia needs a man who can galvanize and inspire the people to greatness. And that man is Dr Alex Otti – a man called to serve and who can clean up the Augean stable of the plundering of Abia, and take us to greater heights. I have listened to him and equally studied his manifesto. I therefore have no doubts that he will deliver. Abia will fare much better with him on the saddle, and guaranteed an enduring legacy.

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