Governor Ikpeazu Sacks Several Aides Days after Losing Abia to Labour Party

Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu has relieved several political appointees of their duties.

The Secretary to State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem, disclosed this in a statement made on Thursday, March 30, 2023.

Ezem, a lawyer, said those affected include: special assistants, senior special assistants, special advisers and technical advisers.

This implies that commissioners in the state were not affected.

“The governor further directs the state accountant general to ensure immediate payment of March 2023 stipends to all the appointees,” Ezem said.

The SSG said the governor has thanked the sacked appointees for their contributions and services to the state and also wished them well in their future endeavours.

The sack came days after Ikpeazu’s anointed governorship candidate, Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost in the 18 March governorship election in the state to Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP).

Recall that Otti, the LP candidate, polled a total of 172,386 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the PDP, Ahiwe, who garnered a total of 88,174 votes.

Governor Ikpeazu also lost his senatorial bid in Abia South District to Enyinnaya Abaribe of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). PDP is the ruling party in the state.

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