Alex Otti has joined Labour Party and he is set to make a formal declaration after quitting the All Progressives Congress – APC, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
ENigeria Newspaper reports that Alex Otti who announced his withdrawal from the APC governorship primary in Abia days back is et to pitch his tent with Labour party due to an alleged imposing of candidate by the APC.
Announcing his withdrawal from the APC governorship primary as well as his resignation from the party, Alex Otti’s letter seen by ENigeria Newspaper reads in part, “Sequel to the memo from the National Legal Adviser to the Chairman of the APC dated May 18, 2022 which imposed a strange sharing formular on APC aspirants in Abia state, more than 90% of the aspirants, leaders and stakeholders of the party opposed the decision and subsequently appealed to the leadership of the APC to allow an open contest that would give room for the emergence of popular candidates who would also enjoy the support of party members and the electorate during the general election. Unfortunately, the party stuck to its decision to go by way of imposition of aspirants. I hereby make the following declarations:
That the constitution of the party and the electoral act have no room for coercion and imposition of candidates, hence the wise provision for either Direct Primaries, Indirect Primaries, or Consensus as acceptable modes of electing candidates.
That while the rest of the aspirants had agreed to rally round and support any aspirant that wins the governorship primaries through a free and fair contest, a particular aspirant who obviously believes that he doesn’t stand a chance in a proper contest, rather chose to align with outside forces to be imposed on the party. But because we know that any product of imposition for the governorship ticket in the APC at a time like this in Abia would stand little chance in the general election, we strongly opposed it.
ENigeria Newspaper understands that Otti’s move to Labour Party was strategic as he is been assured of picking the party’s governorship ticket.
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