Dr Alex Otti, former gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance( APGA) has revealed his reasons for dumping his former political party, APGA.
Otti, in a recent interview in Abuja blamed Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State who doubles as the national leader of the party, of refusing to consider the complaints of party stakeholders against the national Chairman, Chief Victor Oye and returned him for a second term.
“I don’t have any issue with Governor Obiano as a person, I only disagreed with him on the way he returned the former chairman of the party, Victor Oye who messed up the last primaries in some states, particularly Imo and Abia,” Otti said.
According to him, “Many people complained about being extorted by the former Chairman promising to hand them tickets which he failed to do. There were a lot of protests against the former Chairman but the leader of the party insisted on imposing him for a second term. That action led to the factionalisation of the party”.
“Other than that, Obiano and I have great relationship, we are friends, we were in the banking industry together and I gave my little support to his second term bid”, Otti stated.
On the news that he had joined the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state, said he have not joined any political party since he dumped APGA.
“I’m going to join any party, I’ll be the one to make the announcement. Until that announcement is made, people should not railroad me into any political party”.
“Everybody has the right to join any political party that they wish to join, some of my members that joined APC have the right to. When the time comes for me to make a public announcement about my future politically, I’ll do that. That is where I’ll leave for now”.
“If you understand politics, it is about choice and freewill. People decide what they want to do, you can advise them but at the end of the day, they take their decisions. So, if anybody has joined APC based on their dissatisfaction with the present party, I can’t hold them. So at the appointed time like I said, I’ll make an announcement. But what I know is that I have already indicated my intention to leave APGA, that one is clear. Where I’m going to, I’ll make the announcement at the appointed time.