Alex Otti, former All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Abia, has responded to accusations that he is sponsoring the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
Otti, in his reply to a petition allegedly written by Okezie Ikpeazu, the state governor of his alleged sponsorship of the proscribed group, to the Police Service Commission, asked the governor to provide evidence.
Ikpeazu reportedly accused him of being behind the expulsion of Ene Okon, the state police commissioner, for refusing to release one of Ogbonna’s Emperors whom he said was Otti’s ally.
Reacting Thursday via a tweet, Otti said, “I don’t know Emperor Ogbonna to set the records straight. I’ve never seen him or spoken to him before. So the fact I supported him is laughable.
“When the plight of the young man was brought to my attention and by then he had been incarcerated for about 3 weeks, I picked up my phone and called CP Okon. I started by telling him that I did not know Mr Ogbonna but as an Abia citizen, I thought I should intervene.
“I reminded him that this is a democracy and warned him about being used by the Governor and his co-travellers to abuse the fundamental human rights of Abians including Emperor Ogbonna.
On being a sponsor of IPOB, Otti said is to “pitch me against the authorities”.
“I make bold to challenge Ikpeazu to come up with proofs to show that I am the sponsor of IPOB or forever hide his head in shame,” he said.
“I consider this as a cheap attempt to pitch me against the authorities which will fail. It was his incompetence in dealing with the small insurrection that ballooned into the python dance.”
The former governorship candidate asked the governor to withdraw the said petition and tender “an unreserved apology to me for defaming my character and false accusation”.