Former Managing Director of the Diamond Bank Plc, Alex Oti, on Tuesday dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and picked the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) nomination for the 2015 governorship elections in Abia State.
Picking the APGA governorship nomination form after paying the N2 million for the expression of interest and the N10 million for the nomination form at the APGA National headquarters in Abuja, Oti stated that his decision to join APGA was borne out of his strong beliefs in the party’s ideology and his determination to rescue Abia State from total collapse.
According to him “I have left the PDP and to me coming to APGA is like a home coming for me, I like to use this opportunity to thank you for warmly welcoming to your office and welcoming me home, I have always said that APGA is not a political party but a religion for Nigerians, some of you will recall that when our National leader died, we did everything to make sure that he was given a befitting burial. I was the Chairman of the finance sub-committee.
“I am very happy to be back home, we have a mission to take back our state and put it back on the part of progress and industrialization. We have started that journey, we know that there are a whole lot we could achieve, when I look at Aba, I regret that I did not take this decision to serve my people. It is a great sacrifice for me to leave what I was doing until a few weeks ago. But it is not too late, we are here to win and win we must” he declared.
The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, while welcoming Oti to the party, assured every aspirant on the party’s platform of a very level playing field, noting that the party is determined to win more seats in next year’s elections.
His words “Dr Oti has after consultations decided to come to APGA the party on which platform he can the 2015 governorship in Abia State. Let me once more welcome you to our National Secretariat, I saw you in the PDP Secretariat not long ago are you still in the party, their loss should be our gain. We are very delighted to have you here and not only that announcing your resignation from the PDp and joining APGA a party which you have described as a movement for the people of Nigeria.