The Abia state governor, His Excellency Dr Alex Otti has reacted to the online controversy over portrait of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu conspicuously missing at the Abia state Government Banquet Hall.
Speaking through Ferdinand Ekeoma, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Otti, dismissed claims that the absence was due to his administration’s none recognition of Tinubu as Nigerian president.
He said the state government had the president’s portraits in some offices but not in all, adding that the same applies to the governor’s portrait as well.
Otti accused the oppositions in the state of sponsoring the media reports to discredit his administration and create disaffection between him and President Tinubu.
“We don’t have the governor’s portraits in most offices because this is a new government. We have placed some pictures and ordered for more. It has nothing to do with politics.
“The day the governor met with permanent secretaries we still had the former Governor Ikpeazu’s portrait in the banquet hall. It is criminal to say that the person who was duly sworn in as president will not be recognised. It doesn’t make sense, and we don’t think it is in that direction,” Ekeoma said.