Displaced people from Baga listens to President Goodluck Jonathan (unseen) in a Maiduguri camp on January 15, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. H ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Umuahia - Chief Tony Ukasanya, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia, has urged the electorate to vote massively for the governorship candidate of APGA, Dr. Alex Otti, in the April 11 poll.
Ukasanya made the call on Monday at Ubakala, Umuahia South Local Government Area, during a reception in honour of Otti by an Abuja-based business woman, Josephine Nwaeze.
Ukasanya, a member of the Board of Trustees of PDP, described the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate as the only one in Abia with the capacity to transform the state.
He said Otti had excelled in the banking industry as Diamond Bank’s chief executive officer and had the requisite experience, exposure and network to attract local and international investors to the state.
Ukasanya said: "He knows where all the financial grants and aids are domiciled in the world and he will access them for the development of Abia."
"Besides, Otti is humane and will touch people’s lives positively, if elected."
"This is a man that is accomplished and during his school days, he always came top in class and he graduated with First Class in Economics and I am sure that he will be a first class governor in Nigeria."
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"We do not want a governorship candidate that is being sponsored and cannot exercise self-independence which has been the hallmark exhibited by past administrations in the under development of the state due to their poor background."
In her speech, Nwaeze described Otti’s emergence as a new dawn for Abia, saying that God had finally beamed his light on the state for its success and prosperity.
She said that women in the locality resolved on the candidacy of Otti due to his sterling qualities and would vote massively for the APGA gubernatorial candidate in the April 11 elections.
She, however, appealed to Otti to remember women when he becomes the governor.
Otti, in his remarks, said he decided to join the race out of a strong desire to rescue the people from penury and abject poverty.
"I have come to fix our state and save our people from further impoverishment by heartless and wicked leaders, who are insensitive to the plight of the people," he said.
He assured the people that he would deploy the state resources to the development of all sectors of the state economy, if voted into office.