Just in: 2 Umahi Aides Quit Govt Over Salary Denial

By Oketa prosper

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has received resignation letters from two of his aides on Friday.

According to them, their resignation follows non-payment of their salaries for some months.

The duo, Mr Amaechi Okenu, 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).

According to findings, no fewer than nine aides of Governor Umahi had resigned their appointments with the state government, since he defected to the APC, last November.

While Mr Okenu’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, our correspondent was told that presently, the appointment retention is dependent on APC membership by the 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.”

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.”