Alex Otti has unveiled his plan to pursue his governorship ambition on the Labour Party platform hours after resigning from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Otti made the declaration before a crowd of supporters at the party’s secretariat in Umuahia on Friday.
He promised to industrialize Abia if the electorate voted for him in the 2023 general election.
In his words: “I don’t need to tell my story anymore, I think people know. And they understand why I came here. I am not a politician.
“What I want to do is work, I have come to work for you. You will be very surprised at the massive transformation that will happen in Abia State.
“When people are talking about salaries I laugh. Somebody worked and you didn’t pay him, how do you
expect him to survive?
“I have written to them once that when you do not pay your workers, you shut down the economy. The economy works with money, anytime you cut off money from the economy, you have taken away breath
“Anytime you do not pay somebody, the individual will not be able to buy something and it is that buying decision that keeps the economy running. That is why this economy is dead.
“So you think you are being wicked to people by withholding their money, you are being wicked to yourself. I do not consider it a major achievement to pay salaries.”
He also promised to industrialize the state and use the money in the government judiciously to develop the state.
“What we are coming to do is to industrialize this place. And if it requires using government money to do it, we will do it.
“If it requires borrowing, we will borrow to do it. Because if you borrow for a regenerative investment, you will make money and pay back and keep making money in perpetuity.