- Governor Alex Otti is currently trending on social media following a recent update about his spending
- Nigerians have dragged the Labour Party governor who was reported to have spent ₦1 billion in three months on meals and welfare packages but released just N25million on public schools
- Speaking on the trending development, Reno Omokri tackled critics calling out Bola Tinubu for ₦7 billion presidential yacht
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
Abia state, Umuahia - The Abia state government headed by Alex Otti has come under heavy criticism following a recent revelation about its spending.
Abia Governor Otti for spending N927 million on meals in 3 months
SaharaReporters confirmed that Governor Otti spent a whopping sum of N927 million within three months on meals, allowances, honorarium and sitting allowance for government officials between July and September 2023.
The report further gave the breakdown of the money spent by Otti's government on the "welfare packages for the eggheads" but noted that N25 million was set aside for public schools.
Omokri reacts as Alex Otti spends ₦1 billion on food
Reacting to the development, Reno Omokri, a former special assistant on social media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, said those attacking Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over ₦7 billion presidential yacht are hypocrites.
In a tweet shared on his X page, on Monday, November 20, Omokri wrote:
"Just look at how the same people that rightly criticised the ₦7 billion Presidential yacht are now justifying the ₦1 billion that the Labour Party government of Alex Otti spent on food in just three months. When asked to define hypocrisy in an exam, just write Obidients and Arise Peoples Party. I assure you you will get 100% for that question!
Supreme Court gives verdict on sack of Otti
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of Okey Ambrose Ahiwe, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the March 18 governorship election in Abia State against Governor Alex Otti.
Ahiwe, who lost to the Labour Party candidate, filed a suit on October 30 to join as an interested party in the controversial judgment of a High Court sitting in Kano.
A Kano State court of appeal has, however, dismissed the ruling of the trial court in a fresh verdict.
Group to Gov Otti: Don’t evict cattle traders over decomposing bodies
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Igbo Unions urged Governor Alex Otti to reconsider his reported intention to remove Northern cattle traders from the state.
This request follows the recent discovery of around 70 decomposed bodies and skeletons near the Abia cattle market in Lokpanta, within the Umuchieze area.
The Igbo group has emphasised the need for dialogue and cautioned against forcibly expelling the traders from their region, as such an action could potentially lead to a crisis affecting Igbo businesses in the North.