Geometric Power: Prof Barth Nnaji Writes Governor Alex Otti on Equity Stake by Ikpeazu Administration

By Our Reporter UMUAHIA. – The Chairman/CEO of Geometric Power has addressed a formal letter to Governor Alex Otti wherein he stated that the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu actually paid for 3.5% equity representing $3.56m in the company. This was revealed by a reliable source working with Geometric Power who spoke with our correspondent. This is coming on the heels of controversies started by Prof Nnaji who told newsmen on Friday that Abia State Government did not have any investment in the company but was countered by the former commisioner for Trade and Investment during the Okezie Ikpeazu administration, Chief John Okiyi Kalu who asserted that he had evidence that the sum of $3.56m was paid to Geometric Power by the administration through Stanbic Bank. In the leaked letter dated 28th February 2024 and making the rounds in public space, Prof Nnaji confirmed its details as previously sent to Governor Ikpeazu. Interestingly, Governor Alex Otti had already received this letter before his interview with Channels Television on Thursday night where he claimed that he had no evidence that the …

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Otti suspends task force on relocation of spare parts market in Aba

The Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, has suspended the task force on the relocation of mechanics and spare parts dealers from the Aba metropolis to the Ovom mechanic cluster in Obingwa LGA of the state. The suspension was announced by the Deputy Governor of Abia, Ikechuckwu Emetu while addressing the business community in Aba on Tuesday. The Deputy Governor disclosed that Otti empathized with auto mechanics and spare parts dealers over the economic hardship in the country, the depreciation of the naira, and the consequent effects the economic downturn has heaped on their businesses. He, however, reiterated the need for the relocation of the mechanic and spare parts dealers from the busy Aba metropolis to a more spacious Ovom mechanic cluster, noting that the Aba metropolis would be free of heavy-duty trucks if the traders were eventually relocated. Deputy Governor Emetu urged them to remain law abiding as they go about their legitimate businesses and to support Governor Alex Otti.

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Social Register: Abia Govt Partners EU, ILO, UNICEF To Build Social Protection System

By Chris Udochukwu Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has hinted that his government is collaborating with the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) with the view to building a sustainable social protection system through a reliable social register. This, Otti said, would help to tackle poverty and assist people within the vulnerable group as well as provide technical assistance to ensure that our social register captures accurate demographic data which is crucial for effective policy implementation. The Governor who disclosed this in a statement released via his X account, thanked the EU and its partners for considering Abia as one of the states to benefit from this initiative. According to the Abia Governor, ” We understand the challenges of data integrity. With a poverty rate of approximately 33% affecting over 5 million people, precise information is required for proper planning. Our efforts, since assumption of office, have been geared towards ensuring that we reduce poverty”. He therefore commended the European Union and its partners for this collaboration and promised that …

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Gov Otti Of Abia Takes Innoson Boss On A Ride Moments After Taken Delivery Of His IVM G80

ABIA- Governor Alex Otti Of Abia State first took delivery of his official vehicle, the armored IVM G80 luxury SUV, last year. Most of the vehicles used by the current Abia State Govt, headed by Gov Otti, were purchased from Innoson. Last year, Abia State Governor Alex Otti, finally took delivery of his official vehicle, an Innoson IVM G80 luxury SUV, a move that reaffirms his commitment to increase patronage of vehicles made by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing. A video recently shared shows the moment the Chairman of Innoson Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, personally delivered the customized IVM G80 SUV to Governor Otti at his residence. Following the hand over of keys to Alex Otti, the Governor went behind the wheels of the flagship IVM G80 luxury SUV for a ride with Innoson boss on the front passenger seat. Starting at over ₦60 Million for the unarmored version, the military-based 5-seater IVM G80 flagship SUV, is the most expensive luxury vehicle offered by the Nnewi-based Nigerian auto brand. Most of the vehicles used by the current Abia State Government, headed by …

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Operation Crush: Alex Otti Vows To Make Abia Hot For Criminals To Operate

…. Demolishes Kidnappers’ Tunnel in Lokpanta By Chris Udochukwu “We will not surrender an inch of our territory to criminals” were the words of Governor Alex Otti of Abia State during the launch of the Abia State Joint Security Taskforce (Operation Crush). To walk the talk, Governor Otti ordered security agencies to ensure that all criminals, especially kidnappers making life hellish for the people of Umunneochi and other parts of the state were brought to justice and that their criminal infrastructure and architecture would be destroyed. Following the massive onslaught carried out by men of Operation Crush against kidnappers and other criminal elements at Lokponta in Umunneochi LGA of the state, the criminals, I mean those who managed to survive, fled the area, leaving behind traces of atrocity. Information from security agents has it that this tunnel served as the most effective but hidden channel through which they dropped off their victims after collecting ransome, that’s if such a person was still alive. The tunnel which was hidden is now visible because earth-moving equipment were deployed by the government to …

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Abians, pray for me; I won’t disappoint you: Gov Otti

ABIA- Governor Alex Otti on Sunday says he remakns committed to fulfilling his campaign promises to Abia people. Mr Otti said this at a thanksgiving mass in his honour at the Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia to thank God for his victory at the Supreme Court on Friday. He urged Abians to keep praying for his government, promising that he will not disappoint them. He said, “You should continue to pray for us. Remember us in your prayers, day and night. And our commitment is that we will not disappoint you.” The governor attributed his Supreme Court victory to God’s divine intervention and daily prayers by the Church. He said in appreciation of the support he received from the church during the campaigns, he hurried down to the cathedral to thank God soon after INEC declared him the winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election. “We may have fought hard, we may have been resilient, we may have worked very hard but if God did not sanction it, I will not happen. “We have, therefore, come here to thank God, …

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Supreme Court Upholds Otti’s Victory As Abia Governor

By Chris Udochukwu The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the election of Alex Otti as the Governor of Abia state. Justice Uwani Abba-Aji who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants failed to prove substantial non-compliance in their appeal. On the issue of Otti’s membership, the appellant had contended that he wasn’t validly nominated and sponsored by the Labour Party (LP) at the time of the election. However, the appellate court held that the issue of membership is an internal affair and as such lacks jurisdiction. The apex court faulted the appellants for bringing the appeal to the court, tagging it as frivolous and vexatious. Alex Otti had scored 175,466 votes to defeat Okey Ahiwe of the PDP, who polled 88,529 votes in the election early last year.

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Governor Otti never endorsed General Overseer for Apostolic Christian Church Mission — Abia state govt

Abia State Government has described as false, a publication on a Facebook page belonging to the Apostolic Christian Church Mission (ACCM) where it was claimed that the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has recognised a General Overseer for the Church. The State government also denied the claims that the Governor approved the Church’s annual convention. In a press statement by Keneth C. Wiper, the Special Assistant on religious matters to Governor Alex Otti, Saturday evening, the State government made it clear that Governor Otti had no role in selecting anyone as the General Overseer of ACCM. “Let it be known to all and sundry that His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti, has neither approved the lifting of the ban earlier placed on the 2024 annual convention nor endorsed anyone as General Overseer. “It is important to state categorically that the Governor has no role in selecting leadership for the Church, or any church for that matter. “Government wishes to state that its interest in the ACCM matter is only to ensure against the breakdown of law and order, sequel to the …

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We’re determined to establish peace in South-East – Tinubu

ABIA- President Bola Tinubu says the Federal Government is determined to utilise its available resources to establish peace in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country. Tinubu said this on Friday during the unveiling of Peace in South-East Project (PISE-P) and the Thanksgiving Service/Homecoming ceremony organised in honour of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Benjamin Kalu. The well-attended event took place at the Sports Arena of Bende Local Government Area. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PISE-P is a five-year programme, initiated by the deputy speaker to tackle the intricate socio-economic challenges and security threats prevalent in the South-East. The president, represented by the Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, described the zone as “an industrial hub, which plays a vital role in boosting the nation’s economic development”. He expressed the concern of the Federal Government over the extensive economic devastation inflicted on the region by non-state actors. Tinubu said that the Federal Government would not allow any sinister operations by economic saboteurs, “who masquerade as advocates of Ndigbo, to continue in the region. “We …

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Tinubu, Shettima bag traditional titles in Abia

ABIA- The Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers on Friday conferred the traditional title of Omeziri Igbo 1, on President Bola Tinubu. Also, Vice President Kashim Shettima was conferred with the traditional title of Enyoima Ndi Igbo 1. The Chairman of the Abia Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Linus Nto Mba, conferred the tittle on the duo at the thanksgiving, homecoming and unveiling of the Peace In The South East Project (PISE-P), in Bende Local Government Area of the state. The event was organised by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Benjamin Kalu as part of his efforts to restore peace in the South East Geopolitical Zone. The traditional ruler explained the the confirmation of the titles to the President and Vice President was in recognition of their contribution to national integration, unity and peace building in the country. ” We the entire traditional rulers in Abia state by the virtues of the powers conferred on us by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Igbo Natives laws and customs here by conferred on …

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Gov. Otti signs Greater Aba Development Authority bill into law

ABIA- Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has signed into law  the Greater Aba Development Authority and Other Related Matters bill. Speaking at the signing ceremony on Monday in Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area, Otti described the new law as being in tandem with the rebuilding agenda of his administration. He said that the new law would be aimed at facilitating socioeconomic development in Aba and the state at large. “Everyone, who had followed the process of the campaign and election would remember that we had said that we need a special focus on Aba, which is the commercial nerve center of the state. “Aba combines what many cities have individually, it is not just a commercial zone, it is an industrial hub. “When you see us investing heavily on infrastructure renewal in Aba, it is because we recognise the potentials that Aba has,” he added. According to him, the government was poised to transform Aba through combining the industrial hub and the technological hub that it would build. The governor restated the government’s commitment to improve the state’s …

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Abia Governor swears in 17 LG Transition Chairmen

….Harps On Prioritizing Security, Welfare of Abians By Chris Udochukwu The governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, has inaugurated the 17 local government transition council chairpersons with a charge to evolve programs that align with the rebuilding agenda of the government. Speaking during the inaugural exercise at the Michael Okpara Auditorium in Umuahia, the capital of Abia, Otti admonished the newly sworn-in officers to prioritize the security and welfare of the people of Abia as they pilot the affairs of the local government councils. Speaking on behalf of other council bosses, the Mayor of Umunochi Local Government Area, Chief Ndubuise Ike, said they will strengthen the security architecture in the towns and villages within their domain, thanking the governor for appointing them. Shortly after the swearing-in exercise, the governor in the company of his cabinet members met with the delegation of Bank of Industry (BOI) management, led by the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Mr.Usen Effiong, who came on a business visit to him. What dominated the topic of discussion during the working visit of the BOI delegation is how …

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Otti begins payment of 8-year salary arrears to judicial workers in Abia

ABIA- Governor Alex Otti has commenced the disbursement of salary arrears owed to judicial workers in Abia State over a period spanning eight years. The Abia State government said the workers concerned had engaged in an indefinite strike against the previous government to press home their demands. Disclosing this in a statement on Friday, November 17, 2023, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, said the affected workers had embarked on an indefinite strike before Otti assumed office on May 29, 2023. The concerned workers had been owed since January 2015. Uko highlighted the workers’ demands to include the confirmation of Justice Lilian Abai as the substantive Chief Judge of the state, who had been in an acting capacity for over six months. Other demands listed are the settlement of arrears under the Consolidated Judiciary Staff Salary Structure, leave allowances, and the establishment of judicial autonomy. The statement clarified that the immediate past administration could only fulfil one of the four demands – confirming the Chief Judge – after then-Governor-elect Otti pledged to do so following his inauguration. The Abia State Chapter of …

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Fixing of bad roads in Abia has begun, says Otti

ABUJA- Governor Alex Otti says his government is determined to build roads to enhance trade and commercial activities in Abia. Mr Otti said this on Sunday during the inauguration of the MCC/Old Express Road in Aba. The governor said his administration considered building good quality roads as not only critical to improving vehicular movement but to giving businesses the enablement to thrive. He disclosed that the government had awarded contracts for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some roads important to economic development. “We cannot drive the kind of economic rejuvenation that we seek if our most important roads are in bad shape,” Mr said. The governor said the reconstructed road was a testament that the government had begun a holistic restoration of Aba and other parts of the state. Mr Otti maintained that the inauguration of the road meant that “Aba is open for business” and called on potential investors to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that abound in Abia. “Our motivation in government is to create the right environment for individuals to live out the full expression of …

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Obi, Otti, Abure, others storm Imo for Achonu’s campaign flag off

Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, Abia State Governor, Alex Otti and the LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, among other party members on Tuesday stormed Owerri , Imo State for the party’s governorship campaign flag-off. Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and Alex Otti among others were received by the party’s governorship candidate Senator Athan Achonu and other LP chieftains at the event. Speaking during the flag-off which witnessed a large turnout of party members and supporters, the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti maintained that the Labour Party has only one authentic candidate and the full weight of the party is with him. Otti said, “I’m here as a witness. I conducted the only accepted party primary that produced Athan Achonu as the Governorship Candidate for Imo LP. We have only one candidate and the full weight of the party is with him.” Also speaking, Peter Obi said Labour Party’s Athan Achonu will address the state’s challenges if elected. He further said “We know what it takes to change Nigeria, so we pleaded with Imo people to give …

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OPEN LETTER TO DR ALEX OTTI, EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, ABIA STATE

By Ochiagha Reagan Ufomba Your Excellency RE: NEED TO UPHOLD THE SANCTITY OF ABIA STATE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE: DR OKEZIE IKPEAZU ON MY MIND I am a citizen of Abia state of Nigeria. A lover of peace and progress of our people. I am a believer in the principles of sincerity of purpose. An ardent believer in good and progressive governance achieved under the rule of law and due process. I believe in God Almighty, the giver of life and power. I believe in positive change and in the philosophies of the Changeabia Organisation as founder and progenitor. I believe that Abia state will attain the status of pŕimùs intèrpàres in the committee of states in Nigeria.I believe that Abia will be great. Having said that, I have named the first infractious bird I intend to kill with one of the stones as abuse of office, the name of the second bird is abuse of protocols, the name of the third bird is abuse of due process, the name of the fourth bird is abuse of rule of law, the …

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