Saturday, August 26, 2023



For the past 24 years, Abia State had endured a tumultuous journey under a series of disappointing leaderships that left its citizens reeling from unfulfilled promises and shattered dreams. The prolonged period of mismanagement and neglect had cast a gloomy shadow over the state, turning hopes into despair and progress into stagnation.

However, amidst the dark clouds of disappointment, a new dawn emerged in the form of the 2023 election that saw Dr. Alex Otti ascend to the role of Executive Governor. This marked a significant turning point in Abia's history, a chance to hit the reset button on years of neglect and failed leadership.

The last 24 years had been nothing short of a nightmare for Abians, as they grappled with crumbling infrastructure, a struggling economy, and a sense of hopelessness that seemed to pervade every facet of their lives. The state that was once brimming with potential and promise had been reduced to a mere shadow of its former self.

Governor Alex Otti, with his fresh perspective and innovative ideas, emerged as a beacon of hope for Abia State. He recognized the immense challenges that lay ahead, but he also saw the untapped potential that still existed within the state and its people. With a vision to restore Abia to its former glory, he embarked on a journey of transformation and renewal.

As the Governor took office on Monday, May 29, 2023, his message to the people was clear: it was time to celebrate a new beginning, a chance to wipe away the tears of the past and embrace a future filled with promise. The slogan "Celebrate with me" resonated deeply with Abians who were tired of years of broken promises and were eager for change.

Under Otti's leadership these passing months, Abia State is witnessing a revitalization of its infrastructure, education system, healthcare facilities, and economy. Roads that were once impassable became avenues of progress, school teachers that were in disrepair became centers of learning excellence, and the healthcare system is now receiving much-needed boost.

The once dilapidated cities like Aba is now regaining its vibrancy, as businesses flourished, jobs are been created, and a renewed sense of pride swept through the streets. The transformation was not just physical; it was a revival of hope, a reminder that with the right leadership, a state could reclaim its rightful place as a hub of progress and prosperity.

"Abia: Hitting the Reset Button" became more than just a title or theme – it encapsulated the essence of the transformation that was taking place. Abians celebrated not just a change in leadership, but a change in fortunes, a shift from despair to optimism, and a journey from stagnation to growth.

In conclusion, the 2023 election that brought Dr. Alex Otti into power as the Executive Governor of Abia State marked a pivotal moment in the state's history. After enduring 24 years of disappointing leadership, Abians finally found a reason to celebrate as they witnessed the revitalization and renewal of their beloved state. "Abia: Hitting the Reset Button" will forever serve as a reminder that with visionary leadership, determination, and collective effort, any state can overcome its challenges and embrace a brighter future.

Iroabuchi James Chikezie writes from Umuahia.

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