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Alex Otti releases statement on resignation

13436599841Today, the Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank reigned his position in order to pursue his dream of governing Abia State.

An astute banker, Dr. Alex Otti led Diamond Bank from being just another Nigerian bank to being one of the top eight banks in the country today.

As he begins the arduous task of winning his party’s primary elections, we wish him well in his quest to form the next government of Abia State.

Below is his statement:

Dear Friends,
Today, I voluntarily retired from my role as the Group Managing Director/CEO of Diamond Bank Plc. This is to enable me contest in Abia State Gubernatorial elections in 2015 after the PDP primaries in November.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the CEO of Diamond Bank which lasted for 3 years and 8 months. During that period I was fortunate to work with a crop of talented and supportive colleagues, and together we moved the bank to a position where it was recognized as one of the eight “systemically Important Banks” in the country.

However, in the past years, the desire to contribute to changing the fortunes of my home state, Abia has grown. As I pursue my dream of governing Abia State, I leave behind a bank that is flourishing, not just in figures, but in the crop of motivated and inspired staff that have all played a role in getting the bank to where it is today and assuming its pride of place in the Nigerian financial sector.

As I leave to offer my services to God’s Own State, I am grateful to the Chairman of Diamond Bank’s board, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, the entire board, the management and staff, as well as customers of the bank for the wonderful opportunity to have served them.

I heartily congratulate Mr. Uzoma Dozie who takes over the baton of leadership from me. I am confident that he will do much more than I was able to do for Diamond Bank.

As I seek to lead my state, I offer the same focused, purposeful stewardship that I brought to bear during my tenure in Diamond Bank.

The future holds many promises for both Diamond Bank and Abia State, and it is my belief that when all is said and done, I would have, in my own little way, been able to contribute to the success of these two great entities.

Thank you, and God bless.

Alex Otti,OFR

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