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Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has received cautionary advice from followers of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, advising against the initiation of a probe into his predecessor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
They argued that probing the ex-governor would distract from effective governance as he settles into office.
They encouraged Otti to focus on delivering excellent governance to the state’s residents, advising him against getting distracted by probing Ikpeazu.
A statement signed by Mazi Chetachi Ikpe of Peter Obi Grassroots Movement (POGM) and Ndubueze Obiakwata, the chairman of Obidients Across Parties Alliance (OAPA) in Abia State, conveyed the call.
They applauded Otti for a superlative first month in office, saying: ‘Your Excellency, you’re indeed God’s Gift to God’s Own State (Abia).’
The communique reads in part: ‘Abia civil servants are glad that you kept your promise of payment of salaries. Indeed, workers’ welfare should be the foremost priority of any government, especially a Labour Party government. In line with your promise that civil servants shall receive their salaries on the 28th of every month, we expect Abia workers to receive their June salary today, being the 28th day of June.’
‘We are impressed with the State of Emergency you declared on waste evacuation and management in Aba and Umuahia. Indeed, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness,’ and God’s Own State should not be dirty. We believe that under your watch, the era when a notable Igbo son said that ‘Aba stinks’ is over for good.’
‘However, we urge you to resist the temptation of embarking on a probe of your predecessor(s) since such shall become a huge distraction [for] your avowed task of rebuilding Abịa and wiping away our tears, as you promised in your inaugural address as governor.’
‘When Peter Obi came into office as Anambra State governor, instead of turning around to blame and probe his predecessor, he proved to the electorate that he was better by beating his predecessor’s records.’
The groups further noted: ‘All eyes are on you, as the only Labour Party (LP) governor in Nigeria. We are in a hurry to see you show Nigerians what they will miss if they miss having Mr Peter Obi, the LP presidential candidate, who was robbed of his mandate, as president.’
They concluded: ‘Finally, we urge you to keep your eyes on the ball, bearing in mind that you stand on the shoulders of giants such as Dr Michael Okpara and Dr Sam Mbakwe.’
‘Through you and our principal, Peter Obi, we believe that a new Nigeria is possible.’
The obedience message to Governor Otti aims to create a divergence of focus from unnecessary probation to the actual development of the state.