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My Stolen Mandate Non-Negotiable, Says Otti

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor Aba

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the just-concluded general elections in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti, has said that the mandate freely given to him through the ballot is non-negotiable.



In a statement issued in Aba, entitled, “My governorship mandate non-negotiable,’’ Otti described the rumour that he was holding secret talks with his opponents for a possible reconciliation to undermine his mandate as untrue.

He said: “The rumour is baseless, blatant falsehood and the wishful thinking of idle political jobbers and rumour peddlers, in their deliberate attempt to cause mischief and deceive unsuspecting members of the public.

“To negotiate away the mandate from Abia people, who trooped out in their numbers and voted for me because of their conviction and belief in my ability to bring about the desired change, will amount to a betrayal of the people’s trust.

“And rather than betray the trust, I am more emboldened and resolute to explore all the legal means possible to reclaim the stolen mandate in order to be able to fulfill my campaign promises to put smiles on people’s faces.”

He said that different emissaries from his opponents had continued to approach him for a truce but insisted that no amount of persuasion would make him to relinquish the mandate.

He added: “My stand is that justice and fair play must prevail. It is only after justice has been done that we can talk about reconciliation and forgiveness for those who conspired to subvert the people’s wishes.

“I have also advised the emissaries to first of all go and negotiate with all the Abia sons and daughters that voted for me and if they succeed in persuading them to denounce the mandate they gave to me, then they can return to me for negotiation.’’

The former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank urged all the party faithful and his teeming supporters to disregard the rumour and remain steadfast in their prayers.

He assured them that he had the capacity to realize the mandate and urged them not to despair, saying that “although weeping may endure for the night, joy cometh in the morning.’’

He expressed implicit confidence in the ability of the tribunal to deliver justice in his favour, in view of the overwhelming evidence in support of his petition.