Abia PDP Berates Gov. Otti Over Attack On Anglican Church

By Orji Onyekwere

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti over his attack on the leadership of the Anglican Church, Aba Diocese, describing the attack as improper and unacceptable.

Abia PDP Vice Chairman and Acting State Chairman, Hon. Abraham Amah, in a statement expressed disappointment at the response of the Otti administration to the advice from the Synod of the Anglican Church of Aba Diocese, contained in a communiqué it issued after its 17th Synod.

The church had advised the government to fix the economic roads in Aba and desist from sacking civil servants employed in the State civil service.

He said rather than take the advice in good faith and make amends, Otti resorted to his usual flagrant display of unimaginable intolerance by bringing a politically irreconcilable angle into the whole saga.

The PDP chieftain said the Governor claimed that one of the signatories to the communiqué had requested him to exempt her daughter from the mass sack of Abia civil servants which he embarked upon immediately he assumed office.

Amah added that Otti also alleged that the same signatory had asked him to endorse and confirm a factional Chairman of NULGE against the will of the majority of the executive members of the union, and to support the imposition of a certain traditional ruler as the Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council.

He said: “In all the queerness of the response, what is most insulting to the members of the 17th Synod of the Anglican Church of Aba Diocese, the entire congregation of the Anglican Communion and in fact to Christendom, is for Alex Otti to say that out of the lot of Bishops that attended the Synod and signed the communiqué only one man, standing behind his personal interest, dictated the letters of the communiqué and persuaded others to sign a communiqué whose content is evident even to those who do not live in Abia State.

Meanwhile the Bishop of the Aba Diocese of the Anglican Church Bishop Ugwuzor has frowned at the statement released on behalf of Governor Alex Otti by his Media Adviser, attacking the Church over their advice to the government.

He said the church cannot get involved in lies or begin to delve into political issues. He added that the only request the church has ever made to the governor since his assumption of office is inviting him to the Synod which he gladly honoured.

He said the Anglican Church will soon come out with an official statement regarding the attack by the Abia State Government.

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