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Otti’s Political Mortality By Madubuko Hart


The spurious All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) gover­norship candi­date in Abia, Dr Alex Otti has been using the wrong fork to eat his political oyster. Even though that reliable sources have said that he is not a member of the APGA he has been parading himself to be, his desperation for power has made him to forget the maxim which says, “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”

In a twinkle of an eye, he would say one million and one things against the Government of Governor Theodore Orji and the candidate of the PDP governorship in the 2015 elections, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (PhD).

Otti is suffering Abia people to be ill educated with his falsified disinformation against the governor and is bent on making their manners to be corrupted since he left his much touted Director General job at the Diamond Bank and came into politics. He is making political thieves with his unguided utterances and these would haunt him for a long time.

Evident is that Otti is suffering from amnesia when he said that Abia State hospitals are in dif­ferent stages of decay and no one can get proper medical care therein. It was Robert A. Heinlein who said that, “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” These qualities are the excesses of Otti.

Like a madman he is, he has been looking for excuses where none exists in the first place. Biting like a mad dog since he lost focus of his governorship ambition, he said that he singlehandedly sponsored a survey of the health sector in the state and his findings were that Abia State has very high rate of maternal and infant mortality than other states in Nigeria.

Otti whose political career died on arrival has forgotten that life is short and that there is always time enough for courtesy. There is good governance in Abia State, but Otti said that he is seeing a different thing. Speaking at his purported country home in Isialangwa South Local Government Area of Abia State, Otti has long way to believe in Arthur Schopenhauer’s “The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims” which states, “It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter–an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”

However, it is the duty of Abia people to remind Otti once again that “Swearing doesn’t make your argument valid; it just tells the other person you have lost your class and control.” Governor Orji remains the best.

Hart writes from Lagos

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