Labour Party, LP, Dr Alex Otti has been sworn in as the new governor of Abia state.
Otti took his oath of office at midday during the inauguration held at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
He was sworn in by the Abia Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Lilian Abai, with Ott’s deputy, Ikechukwu Valentine Emetu present.
The immediate-past Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu boycotted the inauguration of his successor.
This is as Abians defied the early morning showers and thronged out in their thousands to witness the glamorous event.
Some of the eminent personalities on the roll call included former Chief of Defense Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd); Peter Obi’s running mate, Yusuf Ahmed- Datti; former Central Bank Governor and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; and the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi.
Others were the National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure; former Governor of Old Imo State, General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd); former Abia Governor, Theodore Orji and his wife, Odochi.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe representing Abia South; Senator-elect for Anambra Central, Victor Ume ; presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa; and the Imo governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Senator Attan Achonu, also graced the occasion.
All six House of Representatives-elect of Labour Party in the state, and 10 State House of Assembly members-elect as well as party faithful were all present.
Otti attended the inauguration with his wife, Mrs Priscilla Otti; and Deputy, Ikechukwu Emetu, among a retinue of friends and well-wishers.
All the roads leading to the stadium were completely locked down as traffic to and fro the venue was very hectic.
A surveillance jet was busy hovering over the venue and providing glamour to the ceremony to the cheering ovation of the enthusiastic crowd.