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2023: Otti decries deteriorating condition of Abia workers, accuses PDP govt of impoverishing citizens

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Alex Otti, the main Governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Abia state, has expressed disheartenment over the non payment of backlogs of huge salary arrears owed to civil servants in the state.

Otti who was speaking at a recent meeting with some select church leaders at Amuda and Isuochi communities in Umunneochi local government area of Abia State, against the scathing remarks by a clergyman with Assemblies of God church, about the festering economic hardship his parishioners are undergoing due to non payment of their salaries, while on campaign tour in the areas.

He regretted that pastors and other leaders within the Christendom are now the ones who bear the brunt of what appears to be a deliberate policy of the Peoples Democratic Party controlled government by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to impoverish public servants in the state, especially teachers who are owed many months of salary arrears.

His words: “i can relate to what you have said because if you’re pastoring teachers and they have not been paid, how can they support themselves. So, what will happen is that Church leaders like you will be the ones supporting the teachers.

“If a teacher comes to you today and say, pastor, my family has not eaten; if it is just N500 you have in your pocket, you will give it to him. You are the one now paying tithes to him. So, that’s what it is”.

Continuing, Otti also maintained that his quest to govern Abia state was not borne out of personal enrichment but earnest desire to rescue the state from the hands of PDP vampires, who according to him, have continued to prey on the state’s rich wealth at the expenses of its citizens.

Otti who further used the opportunity to reel out Labour Party’s lofty plans to develop Abia state, which include job and wealth creation, provisions of necessary basic Infrastructure and payment of outstanding salaries, pensions and gratuities of workers and retirees.

The Abia Gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party was flanked by his wife, running mate, Engr. Ikechukwu Emetu, and the coordinator of the State Campaign Council, Hon Acho Obioma during the meeting with Christian leaders.

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