The member representing Aba South state constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Obinna Ichita, has asked Abia workers to disregard the automatic promotion to the next grade level as announced by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, dismissing it as a fake promise.
The lawmaker who spoke at a press conference in Umuahia, said that it was hard to believe that a Governor who had not paid doctors for 24 months and owed pensioners for years would announce promotion for all civil servants less than eight weeks to the end of his tenure.
He wondered why the governor had to wait until few weeks to leave office before remembering civil servants as he claimed that the move was an attempt to influence civil servants to vote for the ruling party’s candidates in the forthcoming governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Ichita who urged Abia workers not to fall for what he calls the trick, further alleged that the Governor had not been known to keep his promises, as he accused the State Government of enslaving civil servants in the state.
In the meantime, Hon. Ichita, has raised the alarm over the presence of “strange faces in Aba”, who he alleged, were imported by political desperados ahead of the March 18 governorship and state house of assembly elections.
The lawmaker appealed to the Chief of Defense Staff and Heads of security agencies to deploy enough personnel to the state to forestall any plot by anti-democratic elements to disrupt the forthcoming polls.
Ichita who is the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, appealed for calm but charged the people to remain vigilant.