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The Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti has been berated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his attack on the leadership of the Anglican Church, Aba Diocese, describing the attack as improper and unacceptable.
In a statement issued on Monday, Abia PDP Vice Chairman and Acting State Chairman, Hon. Abraham Amah, expressed disappointment at the response of the Otti administration to the advice from the Synod of the Anglican Church of Aba Diocese, contained in a communique it issued after its 17th Synod.
The church had admonished the government to fix the economic roads in Aba and desist from sacking civil servants employed in the State civil service.
He said rather than take the advice in good faith and make amends, Otti resorted to his usual flagrant display of unimaginable intolerance by bringing a politically irreconcilable angle into the whole saga.
The PDP said the Governor claimed that one of the signatories of the communique had requested him to exempt her daughter from the mass sack of Abia civil servants which he embarked upon immediately he assumed office.
Amah added that Otti also alleged that the same signatory had requested him to endorse and confirm a factional Chairman of NULGE against the will of the majority of the executive members of the union, and to support the imposition of a certain traditional ruler as the Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council.
He said: ‘In all the queerness of the response, what is most insulting to the members of the 17th Synod of the Anglican Church of Aba Diocese, the entire congregation of the Anglican Communion and in fact to Christendom is for Alex Otti to say that out of the lot of Bishops that attended the Synod and signed the communique only one man, standing behind his personal interest, dictated the letters of the communique and persuaded others to sign a communique whose content is evident even to those who do not live in Abia State.
‘Without needing the services of magicians, is it difficult for anyone to know that more than 10,000 civil servants have been sacked in Abia State or that the major roads that deserve attention to spur economic activities in Aba notably, Port Harcourt, Ohanku, Obohia and other roads in Aba and its environs have not been given attention.’
The PDP said it was strange that Otti would be the one accusing the past administration of not following laid down procedures in the conduct of government business when he is culpable of the offence and to a higher degree.
The main opposition party stressed that Otti did not follow due process in many things he had done in Abia State since he assumed office and had flouted all the extant rules of the civil service, and many others.