The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 general election, Dr. Alex Otti, has stated categorically that he will not congratulate the State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
He added that his party will ensure to provide a strong opposition to the ruling political party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
At the APGA thanksgiving rally organised by the State Chapter of the political party, Otti further added that, “The days where everyone would queue behind one person and sing his praises are over in the state”, stating that the state government must understand that democracy does well and is properly achieved when the opposition is virile.
“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.
“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,” he said.