USAfrica: Alex Otti gets endorsement of Abia groups in U.S

Alex Otti gets endorsement of Abia groups in U.S
By Chido Nwangwu, USAfrica

Special to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow,

As the battle over who will lead Abia State in 2015 gets into its critical phase, an influential meeting of Abia State indigenes in the USA diaspora and the Abia Stakeholders Initiative group have jointly announced on November 4, 2014 their support for the governorship aspiration of Dr. Alex Otti.



According to the group, “Dr. Otti’s intimidating credentials and antecedents clearly speak for itself and put him heads and shoulders above other aspirants.” The group also noted that “he is a first class economist and a renowned technocrat with proven track record is best suited for the job of transforming and repositioning Abia State to its rightful place as the number one state in Nigeria, not only in numeric but also in infrastructural and human capital development.”
The group noted in a statement sent to USAfrica and  that “Dr. Otti is the only gubernatorial aspirant of Abia descent who had the dedication and courage to visit the United States of America to share his vision and dream of Abia State with his kinsmen in the USA diaspora. Therefore, the decision to endorse the candidacy and gubernatorial aspiration of Dr. Alex Otti was a consensus choice by the groups who rose during their respective meetings of September 21, 2014 and November 1, 2014 to adopt the declaration.”
Speaking on behalf of Abia Stakeholders Initiative in New York on November 01, 2014, the presiding officer, Engineer Chris Nwabara, said that “the Diaspora endorsement for Dr. Alex Otti is the right thing to do.” He stated that he was at the Town Hall Meeting and after listening to Dr. Alex Otti speak and take questions from every individual that posed one, he became convinced that “Dr. Otti is very versed and extremely knowledgable about the problems facing the State. The emergence of people of Dr. Alex Otti’s caliber will checkmate mediocrity and god-fatherism in this coming election of 2015.
On his part, Chief Ejindu Mang, a member of Concerned Citizens of Abia State called on the Abians in the Diaspora to
pick up the telephones and call their people  in Abia State and Nigeria to “emphasize to them the importance of this election and the reason we must make sure that Dr. Alex Otti is elected the next Governor of Abia state.”
USAfrica and correspondent was at the September 5, 2014 interactive town hall meeting with Dr. Otti held at  the Chamber of Commerce Hall in Queens (New York) with Abians from the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC and Maryland areas. He presented his “blueprint for resuscitating and transforming Aba to its rightful place as the commercial and economic nerve center of the South East, South South and West Africa.”

The groups argued that having presided (until last week) as the Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, he understands boardroom politics and will bring knowledge of business management to benefit his running of the affairs of Abia State.

#USAfricaTV and USAfrica magazine Exclusive:

Dr. ALEX OTTI (The GMD-CEO of Diamond Bank) grants his very first interview on his likely quest for Abia State of Nigeria 2015 Governorship, tackling the Ngwa-Aro context to his potential candidacy, comparing CBN ex-Governors Prof. Soludo and Sanusi L. Sanusi, his score card at Diamond Bank, life lessons and his one wish…, all in more than 3,000-word exclusive chat with USAfrica multimedia networks’ Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu #TheAuthoritativeLink


Otti told USAfrica magazine (September-October 2014 edition) that “As we approach 2015, I believe Abia state citizens and residents should look out for leadership whose bases are selflessness, competence and integrity. In choosing, they should be careful to eschew any imposed candidates but rather go for that candidate who understands the potentials of the state and how these can be realized within the tenure. A tenure is short, 48 months, and taking from the approach of Howard Buffet in his book “40 Chances”, such a governor has 48 chances to



transform Abia State. This presupposes that the leader Abians choose must be prepared to hit the ground running and possess the capacity to start making a difference from month one.”


Assessing the progress made by the bank during his current tenure, Dr. Otti noted that “Change, desperate change, was absolutely critical when I came in and we had to do the things that needed to be done. We changed personnel, products, customers, businesses, our orientation, brand etc. This change was not change for its own sake but change that was tracked for its ability to deliver on desired results. Because of our commitment and determination, results have also come in quickly. In 2013, a bank that was not reckoned with in early 2011 was declared by the Central Bank of Nigeria as one of the 8 Systemically Important Banks in the country that has about 24 banks. Customer service has improved tremendously and the KPMG 2014 customer service index put us in the top 3 of most categories. Additionally we have grown tremendously in size and in terms of total assets, deposits etc. are now the 6th position from the 13th position about three years ago. In all these, we paid serious attention to the quality of our loan book and have since then written off over N55 billion of legacy bad loans and sold about N78 billion of loans to Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON. We are now back to sustainable profits and for the first time in 3 years were able to pay a dividend to shareholders.”

FULL text of Dr. Otti’s USAfrica magazine interview with Chido (currently on sale) was published on and the USAfrica-powered e-group on Facebook, AbiaWorld, on September 30, 2014.



VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  




On Nigeria’s Boko Haram, New York Times Nick Kristof misanalysis on CNN Fareed Zakaria’s GPS.  By Chido Nwangwu


Special commentary to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow,



A few minutes ago, today May 11, 2014, on #CNN@FareedZakaria, the continuation of fanciful misanalyses and non-factual views about the root causes and “explanation” for the unrelenting mayhem unleashed by the violent Islamic sect #BokoHaram in#Nigeria were repeated by the award-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof @NickKristof and Eliza Griswold, author of the new book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam.

Kristof especially, wrongly, argues that Boko Haram and similar groups are driven by economic disparity in Nigeria. not true in fact and logic.


Griswold says with a certain antiseptic disdain that Boko Haram is a “mess.” Simply a mess? After killing at least 2,000 Nigerians within 5 years.

Griswold adds it is more a struggle between moderate and extreme Muslims…. Seriously? I disagree.


First, I know that targeting and slaughtering and bombing, primarily, christians and demanding they leave the mainly Islamic northern region of Nigeria and visiting “unholy” fire and thunder on others they consider “Children of a lesser God” is mechanized, religio-political bigotry.  It is not economic; it is not moderates versus extremists.

Second, as a child survivor of the 1967-1970 Nigeria-Biafra war, I know the familiar consequences of mis-analyzing and understating the militarized, offensive moves of bigots, especially armed and well-funded groups such as Nigeria’s Boko Haram.Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014


I will close this brief response, for now; and available to debate the Boko Haram and Nigeria’s religio-political crises, here and elsewhere.                                                                         Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet; CLASSmagazine,, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.       e-mail: wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

On Chibok Girls kidnap, terrorism and Boko Haram crises, President Jonathan should launch ‘Operation Iron Fist’, not this committee. By Chido Nwangwu.

Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and the Nigeria360 e-group.
IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary, exclusively, at




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Immaculata Oji
December 14, 2014 12:52 pm

God will not let his people down. We need a change for abia. God help us.

Leon Ibeka
December 14, 2014 6:35 am

@Edith Dimitri, all the Abians in the US need not have to endorse Dr. Alex Otti for him to be the next Governor of that state. But what’s important is that Abia State today has a brighter future under Dr. Alex Otti and he is going to be the next governor of the State 2015. U can endorse whoever I want. It is not in doubt who the authentic candidate is, if there’s anyone else out there.

Edith Dimiri
December 14, 2014 3:49 am

I do not believe that all Abia indigenes in U.S. are or have endorsed this candidate. Using a generalized phrase as such is misleading.

Rose Nwachukwu
November 4, 2014 6:28 pm

We ‘re for Eric Acho Nwakanma,people’s choice.

Peace Nwamuoh-Irondi
November 4, 2014 7:01 pm

We need change for a better Abia, God help us.

Cordelia Adaigbo Nwokocha
November 4, 2014 7:06 pm

The next Governor of Abia state is UCHE OGAH. Any other candidates are muddling the water.

Monica Arukwe
November 4, 2014 7:49 pm

U r gud to go Dr. Alex. Ride on

Frank Oti
November 4, 2014 8:01 pm

@cordelia, this is where our problem lies – your kind of utterances.

Abraham Madu
November 4, 2014 8:24 pm

Ụmụ nne Abrahamụọgụ Aṅụsịobi Madụ.
Onye ga eme Enyimba ka ọdị mma, ka mụ chọrọ ka ahọpụta ka ọbụrụ Abịa Gọvanọ,HO! HA!
Ọfọ mụ na ụtụtụa bụ ka Chukwu Ụmụ Igbo họpụtara Igbo ndị ga eme ka ala Igbo bụrụ ala eze elu igwe n’elu ụwa nkea anyị gbagidere ụkwu;ka ọga abụ onye ọsọ chụbara na mba ndị ọzọ, ọgbara gbalaba na Ala Igbo ala Nna ya.
Ndị oshi achiala ala Igbo, merezị na anyị amaghịzịkwa ebe anyị kwụ akwụ.
Ndịa abịala Ụmụ Igbo isi mgbaka.
Ka anyị huo nụ aka n’anya họpụta onye ihe gbasara Ala Igbo, Asụsụ Igbo,na Omenala Igbo na anụ ọkụ n’obi.
Enere ihe ana akpọ Core Igbo beliefs ndị ọbụla chọrọ ịzọ ọchịchị n’ala Igbo kwesiri ịgosipụta na ha mara ha.
Ha kwesiri ịma na onye ndị iro gbara gburu gburu anaghị arahụ ụra, kama ọna eche ndụ ya nche mgbe nile.
Ha kwesiri ịmata na ana esi n’ụlọ were mara mma tupu apụwa ezi.
Ha kwesiri ịmata na ometụta ọnụ na ometụtala imi.
Ha kwesiri ịma na ọdịghị onye ga eli onwe ya ma ọnwụa.
Ha kwesiri ịmata na ha na eri ụmụ nne ha na akwụ agụ, na ọrịa ha gana ebe ga emeta kwa ya n’ụra, ahụ agaghị ezu ya oke.
Ha ga amata na eme nwata ka emere ibe yaahụ adị yam ma.
Onye ga achị Ala Igbo kwesiri ịbụ onye na ekwu eziokwu.
Igwu Igbo Wayo bụ onwe gị ka ịna egwu wayo,kpọm kwem!
Maka na Igbo sị na onye aghụghọ na aghọ ihe ya ọna efu,HO! HA!
Ya kpọtụba!
Ya gazie
Ụmụ nne Abrahamụọgụ Aṅụsịobi Madụ.

Godswill Ogbonnaya
November 4, 2014 8:35 pm

It is time we go for a great change!!! This is it!!!

Ezinne Onyeador Onuigbo
November 4, 2014 8:44 pm

100% in….Mazi ride on..

Mazi Cliff Nnanna Orji
November 4, 2014 10:02 pm

Mazi Alex Ottih is a sound economic manager by his experience and achievement. in the. Banking Industry which is unequalled ! moreso he is the most credible candidate for the Abia State Governorship race, let us give him our full support.

Ogbonnaya Kanu Okoro
November 4, 2014 10:50 pm

He has what it takes to deliver Abia. in all aspects of life, he has no challenger and has nothing to prove to anyone. He is well cut for the job.

Cordelia Adaigbo Nwokocha
November 5, 2014 1:09 am

His Excellency to be In Abia.State is UCHE.OGAH.

Chinwe Okoro
November 5, 2014 1:09 am

Mazi,onye umu nna ya si na oje oje,n’eziokwu,onye ahu jee eje.Biko carry gooooo.

Precious Kanu
November 5, 2014 4:38 am

Dr Alex Otti is the man for the job. He is the only one the can bring change to Abia.

Precious Kanu
November 5, 2014 4:40 am

Please visit this page. #Abia state the solution

Nora Chinenye Ijoma
November 5, 2014 8:15 am

Your there sir by Gods grace

Sunday Oji
November 5, 2014 5:47 pm

Congratulation Dr. Alex Otti

Chima P. Ubechu
November 5, 2014 10:05 pm

Alex Ottih’s body language so far suggest to me that he lacks solid political structure in Abia State to win a gubernatorial primary election. Quote me on this.

Leon Ibeka
November 7, 2014 2:25 am

@Chima P Ubechu. I read with utter dismay, your false claim and outrageous lies that Dr. Alex Otti does not have The” Structure” to win a gubernatorial primary election in Abia State. How do you describe a man who has formidable structures in all the 17 local government areas of the State as sudden not having a staructure to win an election in Abia State. In your false estimation, you stay in your little corner of the world and reach outlandish conclusion that has no bearing to reality. Do you know that Alex Otti is the only aspirant that has a political office in Umuahia and Aba. All these TA. Orji’s apologists like yourself Chima Ubechu need to be ashamed for what you people did Abia State and Aba imparticular. Forget Lagos State and take a trip to nearby Akwaibom State and see things for yourself. See what is called ” Legacy Projects” You guys are busy attacking successful and well meaning individuals who left their fortunes and comfort zones to come to rescue the State from visionless governor and bad governance. ” What a body language”.

Chima P. Ubechu
November 7, 2014 12:37 pm

Leon. You can make your point without insulting anybody please. I know Otti,and have advised him appropriately. Though in the USA,but I am st home with South East politics. Like you,I am keen on Otti becoming the governor of Abia in 2015,but as earlier said,he doesn’t have the structure to make that happen. Unfortunately,Gov Orji’s candidate will inherit Orji’s formidable structure,not Ottih.

Iphie Oma
November 7, 2014 3:23 pm

With all due respect, Nwadiala, remains my candidate of choice. A true son of Abia and ABU who understands the untapped potential of Aba

Gaius Raymond Chinaza Franklin
November 7, 2014 3:32 pm

We are at your back.Dr.Alex OTTI,we support you Sir.we d Students coalition for Alex otti campaign support group in uniport.and Alex otti for 2015.

Gaius Raymond Chinaza Franklin
November 7, 2014 3:36 pm

Vote Alex OTTI 2015 support group is now in uniport and Rivers state spearheaded economics department EXCOS in uniport.and association of all ARochukwu students

Leon Ibeka
November 7, 2014 4:13 pm

Mr. Ubechu, with all due respect. I know I chose my words very carefully and just to make my points very clear. Yeah he will enherit Ochendo’s structure and his burden of non performance. I am sure u r aware of what happened in Imo State about 3 and half years ago between Ohakim and Rochas. That is bound to unfold in Abia State real soon. U can bet on it. Enough of this mediocrity and godfatherism in Abia State. 16 years is enough. We can’t go another 8 years with another stooge and backwardness. If u r satisfied with TA’s performance for 8 years, then something is definitely.

Abraham Ezekiel
November 8, 2014 5:01 pm

But he needs to clearify were he comes from b4 any other tin

Leon Ibeka
November 15, 2014 10:08 pm

Abraham Ezekiel . I beg ur pardon. What do u mean by him clarifying where he came from? Is Dr. Alex Otti not a true son of Abia State and a citizen of Nigeria?. When has that become the yardstick to measure competence and one’s ability to do good by the people of the state. Dr. Alex Otti has a proven track record as an archiever. Only him can reposition the state to its right place through his wealth of experience in banking and corporate exposure. He has the ability to rescue Abia State from total collapse , deliver the much needed dividends of democracy. That’s who we want and that’s what is needed . Well the battle line is drawn. Dr. Alex Otti is going to be the next Governor of Abia State, I can assure u that. Ochendo and his apologists cannot not stop him. Abians are wiser today.

Frank Oti
December 3, 2014 7:46 pm

It is even a good stopping at him just identified as an Abia citizen, that way – no bias.

Obasi U Agbai
November 4, 2014 8:29 am

Thank God

Ogwubie Henry
November 4, 2014 9:03 am

Congrats my brother for your indication of interest to run in the election of who becomes the next governor of Abia State in 2015.we pray that the Lord makes it a reality. Amen.

Supreme U Ukpabi
November 4, 2014 9:43 am

i support

Obi Ogbonnaya
November 4, 2014 10:00 am

With Alex Otti, Abia could rise up from death.

Kalu Diogu
November 4, 2014 10:18 am

This fight will not be fought in the Diaspora. I am here in Ihechiowa, Abia state. Sen Enyinnaya Abaribe is the only one who can stand up to Gov. T. A Orji’s plan to install a stooge in Abia state. Alex Otti knows that. I was with him and Emeka Atuma his Campaign director in at Damgrete Hotel yesterday where we presented a protest letter to the ward congress appeal committee. Alex must join us to fight this useless and do nothing Governor called TA Orji. I left my family in Austin, Texas to fight this fight. So guys come join us

Nkem Oji-Alala
November 4, 2014 10:50 am

The next Abia State governor, Dr Alex Otti. Abia State will be in good hands.

Chinyere Asouzu
November 4, 2014 11:42 am

A good thing!

Jennifer Ogo
November 4, 2014 12:31 pm

Congrat! sir

Uche Okoro
November 4, 2014 12:43 pm

The dawn of a new era in Abia State. We must join hands to make this a reality. Gone are those days where half-baked politicians steer the wheel of the polity to their selfish, whimsical and capricious propensities. Abians, there’s no better time to act. Our time starts now!!!

Oji Chimere
November 4, 2014 12:44 pm

Mazi, if wishes were horses,………. Abia will rise above loot,vision less leaders, Your inactivity will shine more than your predecessors, Abia need vissionary leaders like you. I hail you Sir.

Ogez Anyamene
November 4, 2014 12:44 pm


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