The Church of God Mission International, Ogbor Hill, Aba, on Sunday endorsed the candidacy of the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Abia, Dr. Alex Otti.
Otti was a special guest at the church’s annual thanksgiving service which held at the church’s auditorium.
The front-running gubernatorial candidate, who was accompanied by his amiable wife, Mrs. Priscilla Otti, and two other LP candidates, Engr. Chinedu Onyeizu and Steven Ucheonye, Abia South Senatorial District and Aba Central State Constituency, respectively, was honoured with a gift, a customised throw-pillow with his image emblazoned on it.
Also, on his entourage were other LP chieftains and campaign council executives, including Dr C.C. Okwuonu, a Zonal Coordinator of the Alex Otti Campaign Council.
Otti was warmly received by the very exuberant congregation, spurred on by the soul-lifting praise and worship songs rendered by a youthful musical crew.
Senior Pastor, Daniel Kalu, did not have difficulty proclaiming Otti the next governor of Abia State, while heaping praises on him.
“I will like to let you know sir that you have earned our respect,” Pastor Kalu told the renown economist and top banker.
He said: “In time past, we have invited other people and they will come to church by the time we’re sharing Grace and still expect that we will honour them and wait till whenever they decided to come.
“We were expecting you between 9.30-10 (am). While I was still in the office, they announced to me that you were already here. So, I want to let you know that if for nothing else, for me as a person, you have my vote.
“There are little things that tell you the character of a man. If a man would honour your time and be there when invited that tells you that he who is faithful in little things will also be faithful in bigger things.
“It is commonly said that if somebody should cheat you in Ludo Game, don’t bother to do big business with the person because that person will also cheat you. You have earned our respect.”
The Senior Pastor consequently prayed for Otti and the other candidates, declaring God’s protection over their lives as they transverse the nook and crannies of the state for their campaigns.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Otti thanked the church for the wonderful reception accorded him and his entourage and more importantly, for keeping fate with him since 2015, when he began the journey of becoming Abia governor.
“Let me thank all the people that have supported us all this while, we have been on this journey since 2015. We won but it was stolen. But then, we tried to enquire, what happened? Then the message we got was that, you wait, it’s not yet time.
“A lot of people have passed on between 2015 and now, but here we are healthy, just ready for it and I believe that this is the time.
“Today is harvest and the word I want to live with you today is that as you enjoy your harvest, don’t forget those who are struggling; those who are not as lucky, those who do not have anything. There are a lot of people who are weeping. My word to you today is that weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30 verse 5,” Otti, son of a Seventh-day Adventist pastor admonished.
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