The Methodist Prelate Applauds Governor Otti For Restoration Of Dignity And Good Governance In The Political Leadership Of Abia State


The Abia State Governor Dr Alex Otti, OFR says his administration has taken bold initiatives in reversing anti human policies not in the interest of the people of the State.

Governor Otti stated this when he received in audience the leadership of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, led by the Prelate, Dr Oliver Ali Abba who was on an apostolic mission under the Umuahia Archdiocese of the church.

The Governor, who described his administration as a selfless kind of leadership that is oriented towards the welfare of the people, assured that he would continue to offer good governance that would benefit the majority of Abia people.

“This is a very selfless leadership in Abia State. Leadership that is oriented towards the welfare of the people of Abia. And we have taken very bold initiative in reversing anything that we find thy will not be in the interest of Abia people.

“I also listened when you talked about opposition. The opposition will always be there, even in the church we have opposition, but I took note of what you said and that is exactly what we are doing. The reality is that they are in the tiny minority, because majority of the people want good governance. And one thing you will go away with from here is that, Abia people will get good governance.”

The state chief executive, who stressed that Abia, with its sobriquet, God’s own State, is in the hands of God and as such he would do only those things that were in tandem with the approval of God’s people.

While acknowledging that he may make some mistakes sometimes as a human, Dr Otti pointed out that such mistakes when noticed would be corrected immediately, insisting however that he would take deliberate effort to do things in the interest of the people.

“On our own as humans we make mistakes but anytime we make mistakes and we find out we go back and correct it. We are not perfect and we do not say that we do not make mistakes but deliberate efforts at doing things that would not be in the interest of the people would not happen here under my watch.

“We also are children of God and the Bible records that when the righteous is in power the people rejoice. That righteous doesn’t mean that the person has to be perfect; but we are justified by our belief. And anything that would not meet the approval of the righteous, we will not do.” Gov. Otti stated.

He thanked the church for the massive support given to him and thanked especially, the Methodist Church for mobilizing massively during his election.

Earlier in his address, the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Oliver Ali Abba who said he was in the State on a routine apostolic visit to diocese in Umuahia Archdiocese, congratulated Governor Otti on his resounding victory in the election and the joyous celebration that followed his declaration which he said showed that he is a man approved by God for Abia State.

Dr. Abba applauded the Governor for restoring dignity and good governance in the political leadership of Abia State and noted that his policies and successes as governor have become a subject of discourse both at home and abroad.

He identified such areas as significant improvement in power supply in Aba and its environs through the Geometric Power Plant, retrofitting of the Abia state healthcare system, reconstruction of strategic roads such Port Harcourt Road in Aba, Ossah Road from the express Tower, as well as payment of salary and Pension arrears in the State as speaking volumes of the Governor’s achievement in just under one year in office.

“I commend you for your achievement in Abia, just under a year you have done marvelously well especially in ensuring that workers and pensioners are paid what they are owed,” he said.

The Methodist Prelate charged the governor to remain upright in all his dealings and courageous to challenge what he described as the old governance order, while also urging him not to be afraid to make the right decisions and look up to God for his divine guidance in governance.

The visit was witnessed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pastor Caleb Ajagba and top leadership of the church including the Archbishop of Umuahia Archdiocese, Most Rev Dr. Chibuzor Opoko.