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The candidate of the Labour Party in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti has stated that his passion to impact lives positively was what made him abandon his banking career for politics.
Speaking in an interview with reporters on Saturday, Otti who is a former managing director with a bank promised to turn the state to a modern state, a place that would attract solid investments and people if elected governor in 2023.
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His words; ‘At a point in your life, you start asking yourself certain important questions. You’ve made a success of your career. You can afford the life you want. But you look at where you’re coming from — your state of origin — and realise that millions couldn’t even afford the basic necessities of life.
‘You asked further questions there have been governments in this state for 16 years from 1999. Sixteen years of democracy, of civilian rule. Why are the people not better for it? Why is there still large-scale poverty? Then it was 16 years, now it’s getting to 24 years.’
‘You then asked even further questions: “Knowing that you’re privileged, would you want to just live for yourself and family alone when you can actually live for more people and help improve their lives?” There’s a limit to how far your personal resources can go. Since successive administrations in the state were unable to improve the lives of our people, I decided to go do that myself. This was why I got into politics —to carry out one of the basic functions of government, which is the welfare of the people.’
The Eastern Updates reports that Otti has become a major contender for the number one seat in Abia which is currently being occupied by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.