Abia, now clean state, no longer smells as before – Former 1st lady Patience Jonathan
* Says Otti has started well, ‘ll end well
By Steve Oko
Former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, has expressed satisfaction with the performances of Gov. Alex Otti of Abia State, particularly in infrastructural development and sanitation, declaring that Abia is now a clean state and no longer smells.
The former First Lady who visited Abia on Wednesday, passed a vote of confidence on Gov. Otti, acknowledging his developmental strides which have restored public confidence in the Government.
Mrs Jonathan, who stopped by at Nvosi, Isialangwa South Local Government Area, the country home of Governor Otti, on a courtesy visit, congratulated the Governor for cleaning up the state and freeing the streets of putrid stench, which had been the lot of the state prior to Otti’s assumption of office on May 29, 2023.
With maternal root from Abia, the Rivers-born wife of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, from Bayelsa State, described Governor Otti as her brother and mentor.
“This is my home and I have come to visit my brother, my Governor in whom I’m well pleased. He’s my mentor. When I was in government, he supported me as a brother. I have come to share experience with him and to tell him congratulations, well done.
“Abia is our home. Any time, any day he calls me, I will be there for him. He is doing very, very well. He started well and I know he will end well.
“You can see that there is no dirt again in Abia State. You can see all the road works going on. You can drive around and and there is no dirt, no smell anywhere, you can breathe fresh air. That’s why I’m here to tell him, congratulations”.
Responding, Governor Otti thanked the former First Lady for visiting and sharing her experience in government with him.
“I want to thank her for this visit and for the very kind words. We have just started and the sky is not even our limit. I’m very happy that she found time to visit with me. My prayer is that God will continue to keep her, her family and her husband,” the Governor prayed.
The member representing Ikwuano-Umuahia federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Obi Aguocha and some members of the Abia State Executive Council, joined the Governor to receive the former First Lady.