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No pay, no voting for you, ex-LG Chiefs tell Obiano

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Former Deputy Chairmen of Local Government Areas in Anambra State on Saturday threatened the reelection bid of the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

They said they would reconsider their support for the governor if the arrears of their entitlements totalling about N80m were not paid before the November 18 governorship election in the state.

Rising from a meeting in Awka, the state capital, on Saturday, the council chiefs said the debts included wardrobe allowances, 28-day hotel claims, furniture allowances and salary differentials for two years they served.

Speaking through their leaders Messrs Chuks Obiwelozo and Emmanuel Enwerem, under the aegis of Deputy Chairmen’s Forum, they alleged that former local government chairmen and councillors who served with them had long been paid such entitlements.

They said each of them would be entitled to about N4m, adding that they were 20 in number.

They said when their tenure ended about a year ago, they were paid N2.5m each in two instalments in that respect from their total due of back pay of about N6m.

They alleged that the Chairman of Local Government/State Joint Account Committee, Mr Tony Olih, was frustrating their payment.

When contacted, Olih said the state government was not owing former council chiefs as alleged.

He said the Anambra State Government had settled the council ex-workers as stipulated in their letters of engagement, expressing surprise at the claims of the former council chiefs.

He said during their meeting with the deputies, the government had placed its cards on the table and told them what it could afford and it was agreed that payment would best be staggered, and that was government did.

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