Politics & Governance

Gov. Otti visits late Gov. Sam Mbakwe’s wife, Showers Praises On The Late Statesman

By Orji Onyekwere

The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has visited Mrs. Victoria Sam Mbakwe the wife of revered former Governor of Old Imo State, Late Dr. Sam Mbakwe, at their hometown, Avutu-Obowu, Imo State.

During the visit, Governor Otti praised the late Mbakwe, whom he described as a great and visionary leader, whose achievements in the old Imo State remain unequalled.

The Abia state helmsman restated his resolve to reactivate the proactive leadership style of the late political Icon and former Governor which saw him visiting different parts of his state, including project sites personally and having first-hand knowledge of the challenges confronting the people.

This proactive measure guided most of his actions in executing projects that people still make reference to till today.

According to a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity Ferdinand Ekeoma, the elated governor thanked God for keeping Mrs. Mbakwe alive and in good health and prayed that she would remain alive to continue to offer sound advice to the younger generation.

He explained that the visit to the home of the 87 year- old widow of the visionary leader, is a mark of respect and honour to the Late Dr. Sam Mbakwe.

Mrs. Victoria Mbakwe expressed joy and thanked Governor Otti for deeming it fit to visit her, and explained that she cherished the visit so much because it was the first time a sitting Governor is visiting her personally since the death of her husband.

She commended the Governor for the noble job he is already doing in Abia State, and stated that it was an indication that he would work like her late husband.

She encouraged the governor to always make out time to go round and see things for himself like her late husband used to do.
Mrs. Mbakwe further called on Abians to continue in their massive support and prayers for the Governor to succeed.

Shortly after his arrival, the first son of late Sam Mbakwe, Mr. Alex Mbakwe received Governor Otti and members of his team and conducted them round the compound, including the mausoleum of late Sam Mbakwe.

On the Governor’s entourage were the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu and his Justice counterpart, Barr. Ikechukwu Uwanna, the first Deputy Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Nelson Nmerengwa, among other top government officials.

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