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Ahead of deadline: Ex-elected LG chairmen in Anambra threaten showdown over entitlement

Former elected Local government chairmen in Anambra who served between 2014 and 2016 have said they would stop at nothing in their bid to get their entitlement in full.
One of the aggrieved ex-council chiefs who pleaded anonymity told newsmen in Awka that they were yet to get response to the 4-page letter they wrote to Gov. Willie Obiano on the matter dated April 25.
According to the letter made available to newsmen, the ex-chairmen are demanding the sum of N21, 987,000 said to be the shortfall of approved take-home as approved by RAMFC law Vol. 1 2007 among others.
He said the14 day ultimatum given to the state government would elapse on May 11, and that they were yet to get words from the state government on the matter.
“According to him, “we council chairmen we may have to drop their support for the governor in the next election if their legitimate demands are not met.
 “The ultimatum of 14 working days we issued will expire tomorrow and it is unfortunate that up till now, we have not got positive response.
“Our demands are legitimate, all we asking for is for to pay us shortfall of our entitlement as approved by RAMFC and it amounts to N21, 987, 000 to each of us,” he said.
Confirming the looming crisis, chairman of group, Chief Azubuike Iloh said they were still waiting for the government to respond to their demand.
Iloh who was the former chairman of Awka South council said the ex-chairman would address a World Press conference on the administration of the councils for the 30 months period they were in charge.
He further said that they would take legal steps as well as petition various anti-corruption agencies in their bid to get justice.
“By tomorrow (Thursday) we must have exhausted the time for us to dialogue, it may interest you that no word had reached us since we wrote the letter.
“We will do everything legally possible to get what is due to us; we will address a World Press conference to tell the world how the local governments were administered for about 30 months we were in government.
“We will also petition the various anti-corruption agencies against the government,” he said.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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