Easter: Abia finally out of the grave of bad leadership – Otti
Abia Governor-elect, Dr. Alex Otti, has declared that Abia is risen with Christ, saying his emergence has marked the end of the reign of anti-democratic forces that had held Abia down for 24 years.
Otti who stated this in his Easter message personally signed by him likened his victory at the poll to the triumph of Christ over the power of death and grave.
The message made available to Vanguard read in part: “This Easter is particularly special for me because it is the Easter following our victory at the polls where our people spoke eloquently and gallantly with their votes. I thank the Almighty God for the wonderful privilege to share the good news of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead with you.
“Even when the evil forces that had held the state bound in the last 24 years rose once again to steal our victory, God in His infinite mercy said, no, and stood against them. We were subsequently declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after four days.
“I see a correlation between the story of Easter and the story of Abia State. Just like our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death and rose from the dead, Abia State, by the grace of God, has defeated her enemies and has risen from the stranglehold of underdevelopment, deprivation, and poverty to prosperity and transformation.”
Otti further explained that the eruption of joy that greeted his emergence was akin to the joy that the resurrection of Jesus brought to his disciples who had been in deep sorrow and despair over his tragic death.
“The celebrations in the street of Abia State that followed our declaration by INEC will remain fresh in our minds for a very long time to come. The dizzying blaring of car horns; the joyous cries, dances, screams of ‘Ellu P’ and other sudden outbursts of exhilarating displays by our people are hallmarks of that historic day.”
He urged Abians to love one another and live in peace for the good of all.
“As you are well aware, Easter is about the love of God. God Almighty demonstrated His love towards mankind by giving His only Son as a sacrifice so that mankind can be redeemed from eternal death. John 3:16 puts it succinctly: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The story of Easter, indeed, is the greatest story of love ever told.”
The Governor-elect promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him by Abia voters, assuring that Abia will witness rapid transformation under his watch.
“As we had stated earlier, I wish to use the opportunity of this Easter day to reiterate that we will not disappoint you on the promises that we made to you. My team and I are committed to the task of rebuilding our dear State, so she can take her place of pride in the comity of progressive states in Nigeria and truly assume her appellation as God’s Own State.”