Dr. Alex Otti, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate for the 2019 election in Abia State, has reacted to the rumours making rounds in the state that he has withdrawn from the gubernatorial race.
INSIDEABIA recalled that that Otti and Dr. Uche Ogah, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had met in Umuahia South Local Government Area at the home of one of the chieftains of the APC for a possible coalition ahead of the Saturday March, 9 governorship election against incumbent governor Okezie Ikpeazu which ended in deadlock.
It was gathered that the meeting had barely ended when rumours started flying around in the state that Otti had agreed to step down for Ogah.
But Otti in a release on Monday through Kazie Uko, Director, Media and Publicity Alex Otti Campaign Organization debunked the claims, stressing that he is still in the race, adding that he hasn’t stepped down for anybody.
Part of the release read “…consequently, the Alex Otti Campaign Organization hereby states unequivocally that the reports by an online media blog that Dr. Alex Otti has stepped down for the APC candidate, Uche Ogah, is false and deliberate attempt by desperate politicians to demoralise and confuse the Abia electorates.
“The Alex Otti Campaign Organisation urges Ndi Abia to remain focused in our resolve to vote Dr. Otti, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 thereby enthroning credible leadership at the government house in Abia State and not be distracted by false rumours by rejected and hopeless politicians and their collaborators in the fake media.
“Just on Friday, March 1, 2019 the Accord Party governorship candidate, Barr. Emeka Uwakolam, led his deputy and teeming number of his party members to the Alex Otti Campaign Organisation where he formally stepped down for Dr. Otti, declaring that the APGA candidate stands tall above all the other candidates in the race.
“Whereas this elicited excitement and hope across the political skyline of Abia State, it must have obviously sent shock waves across the camps of the opposition APC and the PDP, prompting the resort to fake news and propaganda by enemies of Abia State.
“Abia people should rest assured that Dr. Alex Otti is determined to win the March 9, 2019 election on the platform of APGA and will not trade that for anything. Just like we did in 2015, APGA will win the 2019 election, this time with even wider margin.
“We urge Ndi Abia to remain vigilant and not allow anybody to pull wool over our eyes as we conclude the journey to reclaim our dear state next Saturday, from the hands of marauders who have plundered the state for past 20 years.