“I Owe No Salary”, Ikpeazu Replies Abia Gov-elect Otti, Spills Hard Truth
- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sent a strong response to Alex Otti, the Abia governor-elect, as he addresses the payment of salaries in the state's civil service
- Ikpeazu disclosed Otti's claims were false while noting he was not owing civil servants in the state backlog of salaries
- Meanwhile, the Labour Party winner of the Abia state 2023 governorship election earlier disclosed he was running for the job to address the backlog of workers' salaries ignored by Ikpeazu's administration
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has revealed the truth behind the civil service workers' welfare in the state.
Ikpeazu disclosed that it was not true he was owing civil servants in the state several months' salaries.
Ikpeazu replies to Otti over workers' salaries
After his election, The governor-elect of the state, Alex Otti, had said he contested for the position because the current government never addressed issues that made him run for office, including owing workers' salaries.
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However, reacting to Otti’s claims on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, March 30, Ikpeazu said no “core civil servant” is being owed any salary, adding that those that have issues with salaries are working in parastatals.
“I have 31,000 workers in Abia workforce and 29,000 of them are up to date as we speak in salary payment.
"Parastatals receive subvention. I don’t pay their salaries because they are revenue-generating agencies of government,” Ikpeazu said.
Governor Ikpeazu reveals how INEC returning officer favoured Labour Party
Legit.ng reported earlier that the election of Alex Otti, the governor-elect in Abia state, may face a serious legal battle in a short period of time as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state, accused Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti, the returning officer in the state of being biased.
Gov-elect Alex Otti trade words with Ikpeazu over alleged employment racketeering in Abia civil service
Nnannaya-Oti was the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 18 governorship election in Abia state.
Speaking on the election won by the Labour Party in the state, Ikpeazu alleged that Nnannaya-Oti was "verily happy" that she "favoured" Alex Otti's party during the poll.
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.