Abia Monarchs Divided Over Diamond Bank Boss, Alex Otti's Governorship Ambition
…Says He is Not An Ngwa Son
Controversy has trailed the alleged governorship ambition of the Group
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank PLC, Dr.
For months, rumours have been making the rounds in Abia political circles
that Otti may throw his hat in the ring to contest for Abia state
governorship position in 2015.
The rumours which were being discussed in whispers have spread like
wildfire since the top banker was conferred with a chieftaincy title of
Ugwumba 1 of Ngwa land by 'Ndi Eze Ala Ngwa' (Traditional Rulers of Ngwa
Land) at Umueleghele community in Isiala Ngwa council area last Friday.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that Otti's alleged governorship ambition has
been greeted with controversy since it broke out because of the
circumstances surrounding his origin. Otti is said to hail from Arochukwu
in Abia North senatorial zone but his father settled in Umuru, Umuehim in
Ehi Na Uguru Ancient community in Isiala Ngwa South council area in Abia
Central senatorial zone.
According to a resident of the Umuru Umuehim village who spoke to
Pointblanknews.com at the venue of the chieftaincy installation, “Otti's
father, Lazarus who was a Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist church was
from Arochukwu but migrated to Umuru, Umuehim community where he was given
a land to build in the olden days. You know how the Aro people migrate,
anywhere they are accepted becomes their home. Alex Otti is from Arochukwu
and not a freeborn of Umuru Umuehim let alone Ngwa land.
“He is claiming to be from Ngwa land to enable him contest the
governorship election. Does it not surprise you that Alex Otti built his
first house in Arochukwu and recently built another one in Umuru, Umuehim;
perhaps to enable him qualify for the contest? So, they know what they are
doing, I blame our traditional rulers for selling out and not telling the
whole truth about Alex Otti's origin.”
Pointbalnknews.com further gathered that the plot to 'fully make Otti a
freeborn Ngwa son' was hatched by the traditional ruler of Isi Eketa
Autonomous community, Eze Nelson Achilefu Nmerengwa who conscripted other
monarchs in the deal on which the latter was allegedly settled with a
In a resolution passed by the Oha Ngwa Traditional Rulers Council at their
meeting held at Aba Town Hall titled,” Grand Reception and Award of
Chieftaincy Title to a Worthy son”, the monarchs in a letter addressed to
Otti and signed by Eze Friday M. Ikpeazu, Eze P.O Oguibe, Eze Nelson A.
Nmerengwa; Chairman of Council, Secretary to Council and Chairman, Board
of Trustees, respectively, decided to organize a civic reception where a
chieftaincy titled will be conferred on him.
“In arriving at this decision, the Council views you as “Ngwa” by birth
though “Arochukwu” Biologically and have carefully recorded your growth
and impressive antecedents from birth,” the resolution read in part.
The deal is said to have caused divisions among the traditional rulers in
Ngwa land who believe that some forces are propping Otii to contest for
the Abia governorship seat in 2015. Sources told our correspondent the
controversy over Otti's origin was behind the boycotting of the event by
the State Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick
and some top monarchs from the area.
Prominent indigenes of Ngwa land like Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Elder
Emmanuel Adaelu who have been the leading voices in favour of a power
shift to Ukwa/ Ngwa zone were also absent from the event. First Attorney
General of Abia state, Barr. Theo Nkire who was billed to chair the
ceremony withdrew three days to the date through repeated media
announcements which led to the ex council chairman of Isiala Ngwa LGA,
Chief Anthony Agbazuere being propped up to stand in Nkire's place.
The chieftaincy installation which held under the auspices of nebulous
body known as “Ndi Eze Ala Ngwa” attracted the presence of Gov. Theodore
Orji, former Anambra governor, Mr. Peter Obi and Rivers state First Lady,
Judith Amaechi whom Otti thanked for attending the event but added that he
missed her husband, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi who he said, assured him of his
Other dignitaries who graced the event are the Deputy Speaker House of
Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Obi of Onitsha and Chairman Diamond
Bank, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Imo PDP Chairman, Barr, Nnamdi Anyaehie, among