ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Abia State Governor-elect Alex Otti, has claimed that he once won a gubernatorial election without Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
The Governor-elect revealed that he joined the Labour Party before Peter Obi.
Otti, who spoke on Thursday when he appeared on Channels Television, maintained that he won the 2015 election that produced Okezie Ikpeazu as Governor, when he contested under the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA).
He was declared winner of the Saturday 18 March, 2023 poll on Wednesday.
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 the Labour Party, Peter Obi had not joined.
“It took about a week before he called me and said that he purchased the presidential nomination form and he was coming to the Labour Party.”
He, however, acknowledged Obi, the former Anambra Governor over his influence in the just concluded election, saying Obi “came to Abia about four times to campaign for us.
“Peter Obi is a great addition to our campaign, but I can tell you that we won an election before in Abia without him.”