Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the factional governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Alex Otti, titled “This is not 2015: Alex Otti Warns Ikpeazu”.
In the statement, Mr Otti was quoted as saying in Lagos, among other things, that “We are going to Abia this time with red eye. This is not 2015, I have dropped the garb of gentility”.
While we ordinarily would have ignored the statements credited to Otti as simply the rantings of a desperate politician seeking to acquire immunity from imminent prosecution for destroying a hitherto thriving commercial bank, it is important that we put security agencies on notice of the plot by Otti to import hoodlums from outside and within the state to unleash violence on Abians who have continued to reject his hate driven political activities.
It is verifiably on record that during the 2015 election campaign, Otti employed thugs from within and outside the state to attack members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as already confirmed by the then leader of the youth wing of his group, Mr Obinna Friday, who recently confessed to leading other youths under Otti’s instruction to attack his opponents. The said Mr Obinna, having realised the puerility of his actions, has tendered a public apology to the people and subsequently decamped to the camp of Governor Ikpeazu whom he described as “a peace loving and development minded leader”.