After series of speculations about his political ambition, Dr. Alex Otti, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO), Diamond Bank Plc, has said that there is no iota of truth in the stories being peddled by some politicians claiming that he has made public his intention to contest for the Abia State governorship seat in 2015.
Denying the allegations that he has declared interest in contesting the governorship election of Abia State, he stated that he understands and feels the yearnings of the people of Abia State who have continued to mount pressure and are determined to choose a credible hand that will put the state first and build on the good works of the incumbent governor, Theodore Orji.
In a statement, the bank described as misleading various newspaper and online reports which suggested that Otti has thrown his hat into the political ring, stating that he is focused on his work as the CEO of Diamond Bank Plc and has continued to show sterling results with the bank.
While Otti is unaware of pressure being brought on him by various organisations to contest for the electoral seat based on his hard work, integrity, managerial ingenuity and track record of performance in the corporate world, the bank noted that he is currently focused on pursuing the vision of taking the bank to greater heights.
“The achievements of Diamond Bank Plc, in the past three years, are a testament to Dr. Otti’s commitment to excellence and competence in managing men and resources towards superior results.
“As a law abiding citizen, Dr. Otti is mindful of the electoral laws of the land and knows it is premature, if not illegal to at this stage, take actions that are in breach of provisions of the electoral act. If in the future, Dr. Alex Otti decides to run for the governorship seat of Abia State, which becomes vacant in 2015, this will be made public, and communicated to all stakeholders of the bank.
“We hope that this statement will serve to clear the air about the misleading press reports. The public is urged to ignore any information other than this from the bank,” the Diamond Bank’s statement said.