Abia guber rerun: Obiano campaigns for Otti

Posted by News Express | 23 April 2015 | 3,647 times

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Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has called on the people of Abia State to choose the surest path to ac­celerated development and all-round renewal of their state by voting for Dr. Alex Otti in the gubernatorial election rescheduled for Satur­day, April 25, in some parts of the state.

Speaking at the Gover­nor’s Lodge, Amawbia, yesterday, Obiano said the rescheduled election has given Ndi Abia the chance to get their cal­culations right this time. If truly the people were desirous of experiencing real progress in the next four years, they would have no difficulties vot­ing for Otti, who is standing election on the platform of the All Pro­gressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

He described the choice of who to vote for between Dr. Otti and other candidates contest­ing with him as a choice between light and dark­ness, insisting that the APGA candidate was the best man for the job.

“As a retired banker, I know what it takes to at­tain the height that Alex Otti attained as a former managing director of one of Nigeria’s lead­ing banks. That achieve­ment is possibly the best preparation for the ardu­ous task of running the affairs of a state. I want to assure Abia people that their future is more assured if they give Alex Otti the chance to lead them as their governor. I have no doubt that Otti will transform Abia in a matter of years,” Gover­nor Obiano assured.

Speaking from his own personal experience, the governor explained that having a technocrat as the helmsman would en­sure that scarce human and material resources were deployed in a man­ner that would give the state the greatest value. “It is not the same thing as having someone who does not have the benefit of that experience, some­one whose only claim to fame is that he has been a loyal party man. Alex Otti knows exactly what to do to turn Abia State around.

“He is not coming to do any guesswork. He has a clear understanding of what the challenges are and how to tackle them. That is the major difference between him and others,” the governor said.

As a former manag­ing director of a foremost Nigerian bank, Obiano added, Otti had a reputa­tion to protect.

“He knows that he is representing one of the most respected profes­sions in the world. He knows that his name would be at stake if he fails to do the right thing; if he fails to rise to the challenge of his job and surpass the expectations of Abia people as their governor. This cannot be said of those challenging him for the gubernatorial seat of Abia State. They have nothing at stake; no serious name to treasure and no prestigious con­stituency to answer to,” the governor explained.

The governor insisted that Abia was at a cross­roads, arguing that after years of PDP leadership that left most parts of the state in dire need of urgent attention, only a renowned technocrat and astute manager of men and resources like Otti could lead the state back to winning ways.

He said: “Abia State is a very important state in the South East. The state occupies a significant po­sition in Igbo land. The potential of Abia as a state as well as her many endowments in human and material resources are tremendous. Howev­er, they don’t amount to much if there is no com­petent manager in the state House, who knows exactly what to do with them. And that is where Alex Otti’s expertise and years of experience will come in handy.”

Expressing the hope that Otti would emerge victorious at the resched­uled election, Obiano assured that the econo­my of Igboland would be on the rebound with him and Otti running the two most industrialising states in the South East with the same develop­ment model provided by APGA.

“I have no doubt that Alex and I will cooper­ate with other governors in the South East to cre­ate an alternate economy that will answer our peo­ple’s strident call for a renascent Igbo land.

“I hope that the good people of Abia State will give Alex a chance. If they do that, they will have given Ndigbo a chance to reclaim what we lost in the last three decades,” he declared.

*Adapted from Daily Sun. Photo shows Governor Obiano.

Source: News Express

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