After Losing Abia State to Labour Party, Ikpeazu Sacks Several Aides
- The Abia state government has sacked several political appointees after PDP's loss in the just concluded election
- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, after sacking his appointees, directed the state accountant general to ensure the immediate payment of their March 2023 stipends
- The Secretary to State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem, disclosed that those affected included special assistants and senior special assistants
Several political appointees of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state have been sacked.
This was made known by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem, in a statement issued and signed on Thursday, March 30, Premium Times reported.
Ikpeazu sacks his political appointees, appreciates them
Ezem, a lawyer, said those affected include: special assistants, senior special assistants, special advisers and technical advisers.
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The list above implies that commissioners in the state were not affected, Daily Trust report also confirmed this.
“The governor further directs the state accountant general to ensure immediate payment of March 2023 stipends to all the appointees,” Ezem said.
The SSG said the governor has thanked the sacked appointees for their contributions and services to the state and also wished them well in their future endeavours.
Why were they sacked?
Governor Ikpeazu did not give the exact reasons why he sacked his aides, but it is important to note that the 24-year-old reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that was ended by the Labour Party, following Alex Otti's win in the just concluded Saturday, March 18, elections, may have informed this decision.
LP’s Otti reveals his plan for Abians
Meanwhile, Abia governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP), has assured the citizens that his administration will unite rather than divide the state.
Otti gave the assurance in his acceptance speech on Wednesday, March 22, after he was declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
He spoke at his campaign office, near the Government House on Bank Road, Umuahia, which overflowed with supporters.
PDP crisis: Atiku reveals how Ugwuanyi, Ortom, Ikpeazu, Obi became victims of Wike’s deception
In another report, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, made a fresh revelation about the personality of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
As the party's crisis worsens, Atiku said that Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Samuel Ortom of Benue state and the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, are victims of Nyesom Wike's deception.
Atiku further said that Wike deceived Ikpeazu, Ugwuanyi and Ortom into committing political suicide.