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Regional News of Friday, 31 March 2023


Abia gov-elect accuses Ikpeazu of job racketeering

Alex Otti Alex Otti

Abia State governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti has called out Governor Okezie Ikpeazu over alleged employment racketeering in the state civil service as his tenure draws near.

Otti who was declared winner of the guber polls in the state days after it was declared inconclusive said that a bazaar of illegal employment was going on in different ministries and parastatals with the beneficiaries being issued backdated employment letters.

“This action which is geared towards laying a needless landmine for the incoming government has shown how unpatriotic and selfish the perpetrators are,” Otti said.

But reacting to the claims, the governor’s press secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, in a statement, described the allegations as preposterous and anachronistic.

Ememanka said Ikpeazu remained the governor till May 29, and had the powers to perform his constitutional assignments.

While denying any such employment programme in Abia, Ememanka said actions performed by the governor were deemed constitutional.