The Abia State Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in 2019, Dr. Alex Otti, has declared that he is pretty better than those gloating over his loss at the Supreme Court in his petition against the election of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
Otti in a press release by his media aide, Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma said he was not perturbed by the judgment which he described as a “temporary setback”.
The APGA candidate who was reacting to the Supreme Court judgment which affirmed Ikpeazu’s victory, said the judgment was a miscarriage of justice.
Otti said Abians and not himself was the greatest looser of the legal battle contrary to the views of his mockers.
“We are convinced that to be a loser, is to accept an unfounded verdict of defeat from your inferiors; we are much better in all facets than those who seek to mock us over our temporary political setbacks.
“So let’s boldly remind them that the greatest losers are those who have exhibited conscientious and conspicuous cruelty against the suffering masses whose happiness should be the top priority of every leader with genuine victory.”
Otti who thanked his supporters for standing firm behind him while the legal tussle lasted, accused those he described as “political parasites” of holding the state to ransom.
“Let’s thank all of you that have kept faith and remained supportive; just like us, you want a much better deal of good governance for our dear state of Abia. You want an Abia you can proudly call your own. May we remind you that sometimes, in disappointments come greater strength, opportunities, and better results, this shall be our case in the end.
“Let us restate with every sense of humility, that the struggle to end the leadership mediocrity ravaging Abia State is not about Alex Otti, neither is it Alex Otti’s fight against Okezie Ikpeazu, sadly that is the divisive and misleading narrative the Abia political demagogues have tenaciously upheld to deceive the gullible, sow a seed of discord, and perpetually indulge in grand thievery while subjecting the Abia masses to undeserved slavery.
The statement further read : “Sadly, the court dismissed our appeal mainly on technical grounds that revolved around the Electoral Act, and not on the basis of lack of evidence or inaccuracy of our facts.
“In spite of what the Supreme Court says, we remain convinced that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his party did not, and could not have won the 2019 governorship election, especially when he had a disastrous outing in his first term, climax of which was his nationally acclaimed oppression of Abia workers and Pensioners who were being owed 12 months and 22 months arrears respectively as at the time of the election in question, a record that has got worse since after the election.
“We were also not surprised that Abians received the judgement with graveyard silence and sorrow while the governor and his allies celebrated the verdict, expectedly.”
Otti who hinted he would not give up in his quest for an opportunity to ‘salvage’ the state, urged his supporters not to be discouraged by the judgment.
“We are very impressed by the resilience and doggedness of many bright and progressive Abia youths who have shown candour, character and courage in confronting the incompetent Abia state government through their well thought out selfless opinions, especially on social and electronic media.