Ikpeazu orders salary upgrade for council workers, solicits votes for PDP guber candidate, others
Two days after earlier scheduled Saturday governorship and states Assembly elections, Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday, took his campaign for the election of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Okey Ahiwe, to workers in the state council system and announced automatic salary upgrade across board.
In the company of Ahiwe, he assured workers that if elected into office, Ahiwe would implement the said salary upgrade and even do better than he performed in his eight years in office.
He consequently urged the workers to massively vote for Ahiwe, who was his Chief of Staff before he was nominated governorship candidate, following the death of Prof. Uchenna Ikonne in January.
Although he admitted that he did not meet all that Abians expected of him, he assured that whatever welfare package is outstanding in the councils would be settled by the administration of Ahiwe.
He, therefore, advised them not to make the mistake of voting any other person other than Ahiwe, describing him as trustworthy and most fitting to succeed him.
Reactions have trailed the governor’s sudden promotion pledge and its timing, including why he limited the promotion to only council workers.
While non-council workers, who reacted on condition of anonymity, decried the selective promotion, a Spokesman of the opposition political parties described the governor’s gesture in the midst of prevailing months/years of unpaid salaries and pensions as “cheap bribe and vote buying.”