Why I Won’t Congratulate Ikpeazu – Otti

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Alex-OttiGovernorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, during the last general elections in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has said he won’t congratulate Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over his recent victory at the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court about two weeks ago set aside the judgment of the Appeal Court declaring Otti governor, instead validating the April 11, 2015 election of Mr. Ikpeazu as governor of the state.
Mr. Otti said his party would provide a virile opposition to the ruling PDP in the state to ensure that Governor Ikpeazu delivers on the social contract he made with Abia people, adding that the state government must understand that democracy thrives on virile opposition and Abia would not be an exception.
“The days where everyone would queue behind one person and sing his praises are over in the state”, he stated.
Otti, who spoke at the weekend 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 the APGA flag bearer, 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 advised his supporters, who are disappointed by the outcome of the apex court judgment, not to despair even as he urged them to hold their peace.

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