…As Onyejeocha traces her rise to God
Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has described his Abia State counterpart, Alex Otti, as one of the “finest and brightest” in the country.
According to Uzodimma, Abia under Otti has witnessed tremendous transformation, noting that the God’s Own State is now enviable.
Speaking on Sunday during a Thanksgiving service by the Minister of State for Labour, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, at Isuochi, the Imo State Governor commended Otti for his zest for a new Abia.
He commended the people of Abia State for electing a man with vision and capacity.
“I want to use this medium to congratulate the people of Abia State for the lease of life that we are witnessing in the government of Dr Alex Otti.”
The Imo State Governor also poured encomiums on Hon. Onyejeocha for her resilience and enterprising spirit.
Describing the former Deputy Chief Whip, House of Representatives, as an Amazon, Uzodimma urged her to continue to make positive impacts on humanity.
Uzodimma remarked that although Onyejeocha lost her reelection bid, her contributions as a member of the Federal Executive Council has been awesome.
The Imo Governor called for unity among South-East Governors and Igbo political elite for the common good of the zone.
“I therefore call on the politicians in Abia State, indeed in the South-East to join hands together to build a new region for our people, to create an economy for our people, to create a life for our people, to develop our zone for the interest of all of us.
“I am particularly very delighted that this time the awareness has become so incremental to the extent that it does not matter which political party you come from. We are looking for quality service, how to serve our people, if we serve our people well, it means we have served God well, because the mind of the people is obviously the mind of God.”
Speaking at the event, Gov Otti said he did not consider discharging his constitutional responsibilities of providing dividends of democracy as a special favour to the people.
Otti promised to deliver on his campaign promises and restating that he came on board to make positive changes.
“When we are building roads, it is not a favour, we want to create access so that people can go about their businesses freely and smoothly.”
Otti hailed Onyejeocha for her positive contributions for the development of the state.
He noted her quality contributions for the development of the state and the country, and encouraged her to continue to make positive impacts.
The Governor also commended the former lawmaker for acknowledging the place of God in her successful political career.
Responding, Hon. Onyejeocha thanked God for helping her to attain her current political height which she acknowledged was only made possible by God.
She narrated her life experiences and how God has been her foundation and help over the years.
Onyejeocha further noted that God had taken over the political landscape of Abia.
She said that the era of “relegating God to the background in Abia is over as God is taking over the State now.”
Onyejeocha restated her readiness to serve at any level to make the nation great and thanked Governor Otti and all that came to identify with her.
In his sermon entitled: “The Power of Thanksgiving,” the Bishop, Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Nsukka/Ehamufu, Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Dr. John Eze, stressed the need for thanksgiving unto the Lord.
He said that “thanksgiving provokes the power of God into action, triggers multiplication of God’s blessings, guarantees preservation of testimonies and makes people to know that God blesses people.”
The cleric who appreciated Hon. Onyejiocha’s dedication to God and contributions to the development of her people.
He also thanked God for the enthroning the righteous, and entrusting the affairs of the state into their hands.
The event was attended by dignitaries including the National Chairman of APC, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje; the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN; among others including members of the National Assembly from across party divides.
Members of the Abia State Executive Council as well as politicians from various political parties and captains of industry were present at the event.