We’ll Not for Obiano Without Our Entitlements, Former Deputy LG Chairmen Threaten Obiano

Former Deputy Chairmen of Local Government Areas in Anambra State said on Saturday that they will not vote for Governor Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s governorship candidate in the November 18 guber election in the state, if he refuses to pay money owed them.
The Deputy Chairmen, who rose from a meeting on Saturday in Akwa, the State capital, said they can only vote for Obiano when their entitlements amounting to N80m were paid before the election.
The former council Deputy Chairman said the debts included wardrobe allowances, 28-day hotel claims, furniture allowances and salary differentials for two years they served.
In a communique through their leaders Messrs Chuks Obiwelozo and Emmanuel Enwerem, under the aegis of Deputy Chairmen’s Forum, they alleged that former local government chairmen and councillors who served with them had long been paid such entitlements.
They said each of them would be entitled to about N4m, adding that they were 20 in number.
“We are 20 in number across Anambra north, central and south senatorial districts of the state; and we have siblings, children, parents, friends and well wishers.
“We want the Governor to know what is going on; we are suffering and this is adversely affecting our families.
“And we want him to know that this is election period. We can’t go into that election in empty stomachs.
“The governor is a good person, but some of his aides are blocking us from seeing him and lodging our complaints. There’s communication gap and we are not happy about it”.
They said when their tenure ended about a year ago, they were paid N2.5m each in two instalments in that respect from their total due of back pay of about N6m.
“Our protest is not against the Governor, but it’s clear and natural that hungry people cannot be expected to participate effectively in any electoral process. We want the governor to hear this and pay us so that we can be part of the electioneering”.

Author: News Editor

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