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  • Updated: March 24, 2023

How Alex Otti Could Become Labour Party’s Demigod

How Alex Otti Could Become Labour Party’s Demigod

After being the only governor-elect under Peter Obi’s Labour Party, there is every tendency that Alex Otti of Abia State could become a demigod in no distant future in the party.

Excusably, Otti has made a number of errors since he was declared winner of the election.

He referred to Peter Obi as the President-elect in a tweet he later deleted. 

But his latest should frighten any Labour Party supporter.

In his latest public appearance, he agitatedly stated that he had won a governorship election in the state in the past without Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party and the face of the party.

Let’s face it and forget the media showoff; Otti believes strongly that he would have won the election without Peter Obi.

What he said at the interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Thursday is just a bite of other power-related superiority games that might have been playing in his mind. 

Otti admitted that Obi contributed to his election victory but said it’s on record that he won the 2015 governorship election in the state without Obi’s support.

For a political party many believe is thriving under the influence of Obi, Ottis spirited defence could mean he sees himself as a LP military general (a position meant for only Peter Obi for now) rather than a soldier in the Obidient movement. 

When Otti said, “In 2015 when I ran under APGA, there was no Peter Obi. And we have it on our record that I won that election. At the time we were joining Labour Party, Peter Obi had not joined”, observers say that it is a ditch on Obi to respect his political sagacity that could have propelled him (Otti) to victory without Obi.

I am in the party before him

In an interview the LP gubernatorial candidate in Oyo state, Taofeek Akinwale granted Beat FM Ibadan, he mentioned that Obi met him in the party and he was not running on Obi’s back.

Well, Akinwale lost the election and his position would not matter too much now.

“It took about a week before he called me and said that he purchased the presidential nomination form and he was coming to Labour Party”, Otti said during the TV interview.

Without a doubt, it means Otti insinuated that he is senior to Peter Obi in the party; trajectory Obi and his supporters will not fancy.

Otti believes he was in charge of the struggle

Peter Obi and his media handling srategists have put him at the pole position to be the one who will struggle to rescue Nigeria.

They made him the messiah ready to paddle the canoe with his resilience and dodgedness. 

Well, Obi has lost the election and the worst anyone could do is to rival the chief rescuer position with him.

But Otti said he was prepared to fight the way he fought in 2015 where he would still have won (without Obi) but with a smaller margin.

Obi visited Abia State more than three times before the gubernatorial poll.

Otti acknowledges Obi as only a great addition to to his campaign, but he would have won with or without him.

This  is dangerous to the Obidient movement.

If the only govenor in the party is playing down the efforts of the party’s number one member at this infant stage, he will do worse as his tenure unfolds.

Otti has a bad record of jumping ship; from one political party to the other and some analysts have concluded that it will not be surprising to see him dumping the Labour Party for another before 2027. 

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