Abia State governorship candidate for Labour Party (LP), Dr. Alex Otti, said he would pay all outstanding debts owed both local and state government staff before the end of the year if elected.
Otti spoke at a townhall meeting in Obingwa Local Government Area, where he met with select leaders, stakeholders, youths and some physically challenged persons, in continuation of his campaign tour of the local government areas in the state.
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“I will pay all outstanding salary and pension arrears owed by the government. It doesn’t matter for how long, whether 56 months or more. By December 31st this year, all the arrears would have been paid,” Otti declared.
The LP gubernatorial candidate equally commented on the recently appointed Transition Committees of the 17 local government areas in the state, saying there will be no room for them when he takes over governance May 29, 2023.
He alleged that the committees were appointed to rig the upcoming election and consequently, told the aggrieved Abia residents, who have expressed their disapproval of the appointment not to bother themselves.
“I am sure you’re smart enough to know that the local government Transition Committees they have just appointed are for the purpose of rigging the 2023 election.
“Don’t worry, when we come into office in May, we will remove them,” Otti responded while answering a question by a citizen on the propriety of the recent appointment by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
Ikpeazu had recently approved the appointment of some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Transition Committee (TC) chairmen and deputies for the 17 councils.
The LP governorship candidate reiterated his earlier promise to restore local government autonomy in Abia, to make the third arm of the federating unit more efficient and play its statutory role of bringing development closer to the people.
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