By Kelvin Eze
Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2019 Gubernatorial elections in Abia State,Alex Otti has formally declared his membership of the Ruling All Progressive’s Congress (APC)
The Ex-Banker turned Politician, made this declaration in his private palatial country home in Arochukwu where he hosted the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu ; former Chairman of APGA, Senator Victor Umeh; House of Representatives Spokesman Hon Benjamin Kalu among other party stalwarts.
Addressing the guests present at his residence, Otti declared that he has since registered as a member of the APC in his ward , the Former APGA Governorship candidate narrated how Orji Kalu initially convinced him to join the party in 2018.
“Let me use this opportunity to announce that I have registered in APC. In 2018 it was 10pm and Senator Orji Uzor Kalu showed up in my house in Lagos. I wasn’t even expecting him,Kalu said the reason for his visit is to ask me to join the APC. I will only support you if you’re going to contest the 2019 election under the umbrella of the APC because I want to put a stop all the nonsense going on in the state, Otti said.
He continued; “Two days later we met at the airport and I was chatting with the former minister for Health , Prof. Isaac Adewole and Senator Orji Kalu told the minister about his visit to my place two days ago.
“Then we started the discussion all over but I didn’t join, the reason I didn’t join the APC was not because I didnt see truth in what he was saying but I had already embarked on a mission and I needed to fight the injustice in the party and on Friday the 14th of August I will publicly declare for APC.
“Let me also note importantly that I am not joining the party because I want to be Governor but I want to join the opposition as a unified platform to remove the evil in this land.”
Further speaking, he said , ” If you go to Ebonyi state, you will be marvelled at the good job that David Umahi is doing in the state, yet they dont get as much as what Abia gets in terms of Federal and other allocations. We need someone who can turn around the fortunes of Abia State from the beginning and we shall support whosoever becomes the person. We shall also ensure that we remove memebers who are unfaithful, especially candidates who negotiate with other parties for monetary benefits.”
Exposing his ordeals in previous political parties, , Otti disclosed that he was duped when he was member of the PDP , he described the Abia PDP as fraudulent individuals.
He said , “I spent so much money when I was in the PDP (People’s Democratic Party) but at the end I discovered they are all fraudulent in PDP, I was duped by the PDP, so I had to leave the party for them.
He thanked the Chieftain and former Chairman of the APGA for his presence. Otti lamented the sorry state of Abia State, he ascribed the poor Governance in Abia State to the non-interest of elites in politics. He urged Abians to rise up against bad governance in the state. According to him majority of people in the state lived below the poverty line.
Height of the event was when Senator Umeh handed Otti to Senator Kalu pleading to Kalu to take care of Otti and consider him a younger brother.