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Abia State Governor-Elect, Dr. Alex Otti has opened up on how he broke down emotionally after he sighted old women dancing in the streets after he was declared winner of the 18th of March, 2023 governorship election in the state.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, March 22 declared the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate winner after an initial delay, following issues surrounding the collation of results from Obingwa Local Government Area.
Otti was declared the winner of the election after winning by a landslide with 175,467 votes, beating his closest rivals the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Okechukwu Ahiwe, who scored 88,529 and Enyinnaya Nwafor of the Young Peoples Party (YPP), who got 28,972 votes.
Recounting the moments after the announcement by INEC in Umuahia, capital of Abia State, Dr. Otti, who was making a bid for the governorship office for the third time, told the congregation at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mission Hill, Umuahia, where he worshipped Saturday, that he was shocked at the sight of people jubilating and dancing in the streets.
He said: ‘I was shocked at the way the entire Abia State erupted in joy on Wednesday. In fact, tears dropped from my eyes, when I saw old women, young people; people jubilating, throwing themselves on the streets. I had to ask my driver to slow down before he climbed over somebody.’
The renowned economist and top banker who went on to wax spiritual pointed out that the reaction of people to his victory at the polls is in agreement with biblical teaching that when the righteous is in power, the people rejoice.
‘Are people rejoicing today, yes! It is just the beginning. They know that we will rebuild this state and it’s not because we are powerful, it’s because we have been blessed to do it,’ he said.
According to Dr. Otti, a lot of forces were lined up against his quest for the governorship seat, but that it was only by the mercy of God that he came out victorious. He subsequently gave glory to God for bringing about his victory.