To ensure a hitch free inauguration of Abia State governor-elect Dr. Alex Otti, on May 29, the Abia State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has appealed to the striking organised labour in the state to call off its strike on Friday, May 26, 2023 to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted inauguration of the governor-elect.
According to the party, if the strike is not targeted at the party and its governor-elect, there would be no need to continue the strike after May 28, 2023 since it would infringe on the smooth transition from the Okezie Ikpeazu’s government of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Otti’s administration of LP.
Speaking with journalists in Umuahia on Wednesday, the state capital, the Coordinator of the Alex Otti Inaugural Committee, Hon Acho Obioma said that the incoming government will bear the burden of offsetting the loads of salary arrears and pensions and gratuities left by the outgoing PDP government.
He noted that the governor-elect is renovating the Umuahia Township Stadium and the International Conference Centre at his personal costs so that there won’t be any need by the outgoing government to indulge in over invoicing of the project.
Obioma said that over 10 million people across Nigeria and the world including the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu are being invited to the inauguration ceremony.
“We’re inviting him specifically because he doesn’t seem to be keen in performing his constitutional duties concerning the inauguration. He should come to the inauguration venue to do the needful”, he said.
“The theme for the inauguration ceremony is titled: ‘The Alex Otti Inaugural…Help is Here’. This is a direct follow-up and result to the Alex Otti Campaign Organisation’s battle charge to Ndi Abia, prior to the 2023 governorship election, “Weep Not, Help is on the Way”.
“Today, by the mercy of the Almighty God, the help that we need to move forward and realise the potential for the greatness of our state is here, in the person of Dr. Alex Otti, a man divinely endowed with enormous capacity, character, competence and above all the fear of God.
“Essentially, the Alex Otti Inauguration Committee has designed two major events for the May 29, 2023 inauguration. One is the formal swearing-in of the governor-elect and the deputy governor-elect, and the second, a Luncheon with the new governor of Abia State and his deputy. These two events are going to signal a new order in the way we do things as Abians, going forward.
“As you may have read in one of our public statements, some of Nigeria’s best and globally acknowledged stars in music and comedy have been lined up to perform at the events of the inauguration. Topping the headlines in music is international award-winning singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, while our own son of the soil, Bright Okpocha, aka Basketmouth, will lead the front of comedy artists as Host of the events.
“Other celebrated singers on the bill include Mr. Raw, Ruff Coin and Rugged Man while Nedu Wazobia, Diamond Okechi and Funny Bone make up the comedy cadre.
“Already, the venues for the inauguration have received a facelift, preparatory for the grand showing. Extensive renovation works have been carried out at the Umuahia Township Stadium, where the State Box gallery have received a new layer of floor tiles, away from its usual pot-holed surface,” he said.