REPORTER: LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
Dr. Alex Otti has been sworn in as the fifth Executive Governor of Abia State.
Also sworn in is his Deputy, Mr. Ikechukwu Emetu.
The swearing in was administered by the state Chief Judge, Justice Lilian Abai, at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
In his inagural address, Governor Otti pledged to run an all inclusive government where everybody would be carried along and urged all to join hands with him in moving the state to a greater height.
The Goveenor also promised that the state under his watch would witness a great change in both the human and infracstrcural development.
Governor Otti assured the people of state that Aba, one of the commercial hubs of the country, would regain its pride of place in the small and medium scale enterprises.
He also use the medium to declare a state of emergency on the environmental sector, stating that all the cities in the state would witness a great turnaround in environmental cleanliness.
Dignitaries, including the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Dr. Yusuf Dati Ahmed,
who represented the Presidential candidate of the Party, Mr. Peter Obi; a former Minister of Transportation and also former Governor of Rivers State, Chief Chibike Amechi; a former Chief of General Staff, Retired Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; a former Military Administrator of the old Imo State, Senator Ike Nwachukwu; among others, graced the occasion.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU