The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the just-concluded 2019 general elections in Abia State, Alex Otti, has claimed that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state, had initiated plan to discredit him through the use of media platforms in the country.
Otti opined that the essence of the plan was to also whittle down his popularity and acceptability, as well as damping the spirit of his supporters.
The APGA chieftain, who made the claim in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ferdinand Ekeoma, and forwarded to the media on Monday evening, admonished Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, to channel the monies he is being doled out for media attacks against him into uplifting the living standard of the suffering Abia masses.
Otti explained, “Investigation has consistently revealed the serious involvement of Abia State government in financing crisis in strong opposition political parties, especially APGA, and that senior appointees of the government have personally got involved to the extent that they release huge sums of money to publicize anti Otti conjectures and directly ask media institutions to ensure that every negative report is widely publicized.
“The essence of this is to discredit Otti, whittle down his popularity and acceptability, dampen the spirit of his supporters, enjoy the freedom to loot the state dry unchallenged and oppress the people. Unfortunately, the Ikpeazu led government is indulging in all these frivolities despite the suffering and hunger ravaging Abians.
“We are reminding the Ikpeazu government, that Otti would never be at the receiving end of these atrocities, never, hence the urgent need for the government to use the resources being wasted in the news papers, on radio, on the expensive cable TV stations and on social media to pay suffering workers and dying pensioners, invest in infrastructure, as well as create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths”.
Meanwhile, as at time of filing this report, efforts by our correspondent to reach the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu for his reaction was unsuccessful.