Umahi’s aides resign appointments over non-payment of salaries

By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi

Two Aides Of Ebonyi state Governor David Umahi led administration have tendered their resignation from their appointment.

According to their letters dated 17 February and 8th March respectively, their resignation follows non-payment of their salaries for some months.

The duo, Mr Amaechi Oken, a Senior Technical Assistant to the Governor and Apostle Benjamin Obaji, a Technical Assistant, Joined the Peoples Democratic Party PDP from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC.

The Voice gathered that over nine aides of Governor Umahi, resigned their appointments with the State Government, since the governor’s defection to the APC, last November 2020.

Mr Oken’s resignation letter read in part, “My worry is that while others were paid for January this year, I was not paid. The following month, February too, I have not received any allowances/stipends. On inquiry, I was told that presently the appointment retention is dependent on APC membership by presentation of evidence. Unfortunately, I have been a member of the PDP and do not intend to relinquish my membership in order to qualify for that, since the Constitution does not provide for one to belong to more than one party at a time;

While Obaji’s letter partly read, “Sir, let it be noted that my resignation was not politically inclined, but purely on personal grounds, not minding the fact that I have not been paid for the past few months.”

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