From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia
Otti hits Ikpeazu, accuses governor of wasting Abia resourcesGovernor Okezie Ikpeazu’s rival in the 2015 general elections, Chief Alex Otti, has scored the Ikpeazu administration low, saying it has performed abysmally in the last three years.
Otti, who is the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, also alleged that Ikpeazu was laying “landmines” for future generations of Abians by increasing the debt profile of the state to unsustainable level.
Otti’s assessment of the Ikpeazu administration and his allegation, coming less than a week after the Democracy Day celebration, which Ikpeazu used to showcase his administration’s scorecard, were contained in a statement he read during a radio programme in Umuahia.
In scoring Ikpeazu’s government very low, Otti pointed out that, “socio-political and economic indices clearly show that Abia remains on the downward spiral in agriculture, education, health, security, general infrastructure, industrialisation, etc.”
“This alarming situation is a frightening reminder to the urgency of the mission of every Abia progressive. Remember, if the good men amongst us do nothing, the evil ravaging Abia would reach a point of invincibility,” Otti said.
The former bank chief who is warming up to challenge Ikpeazu again in 2019, said that Abia has continued to fair badly under the present government, adding that the third anniversary of Ikpeazu’s government offered Abia people good opportunity to assess his performance.
“It’s very easy to reach a conclusion that the present government has sadly failed to steer the vehicle of governance in a manner that would lift you from the doldrums of poverty and hopelessness, to a veritable economic pedestal that would show you hope and great opportunities,” he told Abians.
He swore that there was hardly any sector of the Abia economy that has witnessed significant improvement under the present administration, adding that Abians should see 2019 as crucial year when they would once again get the chance “to decide” their “socio-political and economic future as Abians.”
While accusing the administration of not being frugal, Otti alleged that that it was distressful that while the Ikpeazu administration was wasteful in managing state resources, it was equally accumulating huge debts without plans for repayment.
“Either by omission or commission (Governor Ikpeazu) seems to be squandering what’s accruing to the state while at the same time incurring debts without clear cut strategy and futuristic plan for repayment, thus planting a landmine for the Abia unborn generations,” he said.
He, however, did not provide figures to substantiate his claims but rather urged Abians to redouble their resolve and “remain firm and resolute as we collectively look up to a brighter day which shall come to actualisation in no distant time.”
Abia State government was yet to react to Otti’s statement as at press time.