Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has threatened to deal with Abia civil servants if they failed to vote for his anointed PDP governorship candidate in the March 18 election.
He warned them of “the consequences of your indiscretion.”
Mr Ikpeazu threatened the state workers on Thursday during a town hall meeting with the workers at the International Conference Centre, Umuahia.
He claimed that the Abia government under his watch had evolved several policies and programmes that would improve the welfare of workers.
“On March 18, you must vote for continuity because if you gamble with your future, you have also put your job on the line. I owe it to you as a duty to remind you of the consequences of your indiscretion as you elect the next governor,” the Abia governor stated. “I have directed that between now and seven days that the leave allowance of civil servants be paid.”
He added, “Even as I grant command promotion to everyone, its implementation will be easier if you vote for the governorship candidate of PDP, Chief Okey Ahiwe.”
The governor noted that the civil servants were pivotal in achieving the infrastructure development recorded during his tenure. According to him, Mr Ahiwe will prioritise the welfare of workers if elected.
He urged them to vote for candidates with a good track record of stewardship and not to give their mandate to individuals who would jeopardise their future.
Mr Ahiwe assured the people that the command promotion announced by the governor would be fully implemented by him if voted into power and promised to serve the state diligently and evolve programmes that would boost human capital development and increase productivity.