Report by Ferdinand Ekeoma
The State chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Abia state Hon. Donatus Nwankpa ( Omara Eme) has praised a renowned economist and chieftain of the APC in Abia state Dr. Alex Otti OFR, describing him as a huge asset which the APC is very proud to have in its fold.
Speaking yesterday at Otti’s house in Umuru Nvosi, Isialangwa South LGA of the state when the ex bank chief hosted the enlarged executive of the APC in Abia state which included the State Working Committee, the 17 LGA Chairmen and other state officials of the party, Hon. Nwankpa described the state chapter of APC as a progressive party on a progressive and consistent rise to prominence, and recalled how respected Abians have steadily been boosting the ranks of the party through their entry, the latest of which was the moral boosting entry of Dr. Otti.
Honourable Nkpa made it clear that the Abia APC is the most liberal state chapter of the party across the federation hence it provides a level playing ground for all members, and stated that the challenges confronting the state required collective action of APC members and other progressives across party lines, and restated that every onlooker in the face of oppression and suppression is either a coward or a traitor.
He called on Dr. Otti and other leaders of of the party to ensure that their supporters and followers do not see themselves as pursuing the agenda of individuals and structures in the party, but as true APC members in APC who would at all times advance the interest of the party.
The ex lawmaker appealed to Dr. Otti to strive and use his influence, contacts and goodwill to ensure that he attracts more jobs and empowerment to APC members at the grassroots whenever the opportunity calls, as a way of strengthening the party at that level.
Speaking earlie, the APC chieftain and host, Dr. Alex Otti disclosed that he invited the leadership of the party for what he termed unofficial brotherly interaction that would give them the opportunity to celebrate the new year together and share ideas on how to move the party and the state forward.
He praised the state chairman Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, describing him as a fantastic person and a competent chairman he’s very proud of.
He disclosed his willingness to play critical roles aimed at ensuring that the party becomes far stronger that it is presently, and advised against internal bickering, advisng members to practice forgiveness as a healthy ingredient for togetherness in the party. He also assured them that he would be meeting with them only for positive reasons
While restating that he joined the APC wholly and left nothing in his former party, he cautioned against divisiveness, and insisted that there’s only one APC in Abia state led by Honourable Donatus Nwankpa as the chairman, and enjoined all to queue behind him for greater work in the party, especially at the grassroots where he said the party needed to do more work.
Dr. Otti insisted that APC as an opposition party must live up to expectations by fearlessly but responsibly condemning anti people vices and demanding for good governance in Abia state which is what Abians are yearning for, and cautioned against double standards, insisting that anyone who believes that the PDP is getting it right has no business being in APC and pretending to be working to change the government of the day.
Finally, the ex bank chief cautioned against the unnecessary 2023 scheming, because according to him, it’s only God that knows what would happen in 2023, and recalled that a lot of people including those he had good relationship with had died between 2020 and this 2021, and appealed to all to dedicate more efforts to what would help impact positively on Abians.
In his contribution, the state Secretary Barr. Perfect Okorie, thanked Dr. Otti for the gathering and disclosed that he was one of the happiest persons when Dr. Otti joined the party because he had longed for it, knowing Otti’s capacity and passion to get things right in Abia.
Also in their contributions, the State Deputy chairman, Hon. Ogunka, the state Woman Leader, Chief Mrs. Ori Obasi, the former State Woman Leader, Hon. Mrs. Philomena,the Zonal Chairman Abia Central, Hon. Owobe and the Abia Central Youth Leader Mr. Lucky all expressed joy for the meeting and thanked Dr. Otti immensely for genuinely pouring out his heart and speaking to them like a leader who desires progress and peace in the APC in particular and the state at large, and declared their readiness to play their individual roles in strengthening the party for the good of all.