Listen to article
Abia State Governor, Alex Otti paid a visit to Mrs. Victoria Sam Mbakwe in Avutu-Obowu, Imo State, the hometown of the late Dr. Sam Mbakwe, former governor of old Imo State.
Addressing the gathering during his visit, the delighted Governor of Abia State expressed profound admiration for the late Mbakwe, hailing him as an exceptional and forward-thinking leader whose accomplishments in the former Imo State remain unparalleled.
Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, issued a press statement in which Governor Otti reaffirmed his commitment to advocating for and adopting the proactive leadership approach of the late Iconic leader.
This approach involved the Governor personally visiting various areas of his state, including project sites, to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by the people. These insights guided a majority of his decisions in executing projects that continue to be cited to this day.
The Governor of Abia State expressed his gratitude to God for preserving the life and good health of Mrs. Mbakwe. He offered a heartfelt prayer for her continued well-being and for her to remain alive to provide valuable guidance to the younger generation. The Governor also emphasised the significance of his visit to the 87-year-old widow of the visionary leader as a gesture of respect for the late Dr. Sam Mbakwe.
Expressing her delight, Mrs. Victoria Mbakwe conveyed her sincere thanks to Governor Otti for his visit. She cherished this visit immensely, underscoring its unique importance as the first time a sitting governor had visited her in person since her husband’s passing.
Mrs. Victoria Mbakwe lauded Otti for his excellent work in Abia State, believing it indicated his dedication akin to that of her late husband. She encouraged the governor to keep taking the time to personally inspect matters, much like her late husband did.
Mrs. Mbakwe also urged the people of Abia State to maintain their strong support and offer their prayers for the governor’s success.
Mr. Alex Mbakwe, the eldest son of the late Sam Mbakwe, warmly welcomed Governor Otti and his team upon their arrival. He subsequently acted as their guide, providing them with a tour of the family compound, which encompassed a visit to the mausoleum of his late father.
Among those in the governor’s delegation were Prince Okey Kanu, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Barrister Ikechukwu Uwanna, the Commissioner for Justice, and Eze Nelson Nmerengwa, the first Deputy Chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, along with several other high-ranking government officials.