Ikpeazu-led Government Has Weaponized Hunger In Abia – Alex Otti

Alex Otti, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand
Alliance, APGA, in the last 2019 general elections in Abia state, has
declared that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
administration has weaponized hunger and poverty against the people of
the State.

Otti who made the declaration in a press statement
issued to reporters in Aba on Sunday evening, by his Media Assistant,
Ferdinand Ekeoma, decried the insincerity of Ikpeazu-led government
towards the welfare of Abia civil servants and pensioners.

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He
again, claimed that despite tranches of bailout funds and Paris Refund
Club accrued to Abia by the federal government for the payment of Salary
arrears owed to State workforce, as well as execution of
infrastructural projects, the governor had decided to impoverished the
citizenry.

Parts of the statement read, “I’m pained that workers
in many state government owned institutions are being owed up to 15
months salary arrears while pensioners are being owed 32 months pension
arrears. This leadership atrocity defeats every pretence of sincerity
and seriousness on the side of the Okezie Ikpeazu led government. No
unmotivated workforce can give a healthy output.

“To add insult
to injury, the government, in an unpatriotic bid to abandon it’s
responsibility, has brought a destructive dichotomy that is alien to our
civil service by introducing what it calls “Core and Non Core Civil
Servants. That after receiving over 30 Billion naira in Bailout fund and
Paris Club refunds, not to mention the hundreds of billions that have
accrued to the state as federal allocations and internally generated
revenues, and yet the governor just set up a committee to look into
these unpaid arrears, shows that the Ikpeazu led government does not
care about the welfare of our suffering people, let alone the general
development of the state.

“On August 29, I was present at the
governorship tribunal to witness the adoption of final written addresses
in the suit my party and I filed against the declaration of Ikpeazu as
governor by INEC, unfortunately, it turned out to be a ground for
display of primitive hooliganism by women and youths hired by the
government to come and constitute nuisance in court.

“At the
premises of the court, the hoodlums who were dressed in Ikpeazu’s
campaign attires were seen and loudly heard insulting me with their
derogatory songs, but they were overwhelmed by progressive Abians who
freely trooped out to the court to support our sincere search for
leadership direction through civilized means.

“Ironically, while
the hired sychophants were doing the demeaning hatchet job at the court
premises, hundreds of pensioners had barricaded the gate of Government
House Umuahia protesting against the non-payment of their 32 months
pension arrears. So who is deceiving who?

“However, we do not
begrudge those few misguided Abians, because in a state where hunger has
been weaponized, and many lacking three square meals a day, it takes
rare courage, discipline and grace of God to refuse to prostrate under
the slave master’s table, therefore let’s support, encourage, inspire
and educate such brethren to realise that with the present scenario,
their future and those of their children are doomed”.

Recall that
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had during his Statewide broadcast to mark the
28th Anniversary of the creation of Abia state held in August 27th,
assured the people of the State that his administration will complete
every ongoing infrastructural projects before the expiration of his
second term.

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