Soludo Gets One-Month Ultimatum to Pay Obiano’s Appointees’ Severance Packages or Lose Re-election

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Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo

Over one thousand former political appointees of former Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, have threatened to work against the re-election of the incumbent governor, Chukwuma Soludo, and his All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) during the 2025 Governorship election, if he fails to pay their severance allowances within one month.

At a Town Hall meeting held in Awka, the former appointees agreed in a communique that the failure of Governor Soludo to pay their severance allowance would leave them with no other option than to work for another candidate in the upcoming election.

The appointees, who included former commissioners, Special Advisers (SPAD), Senior Special Assistants (SSAs), Special Assistants (SA), and Executive Assistants (EA) from between 2014 to 2022, said the ultimatum became necessary after the governor failed to recognize a one minute silence for their departed colleagues as well as negative attitude to their requests which had even been made available to him personally and through different stakeholders.

They regretted that the governor had made a mess of their commitments towards his emergence as governor in 2021 amidst the then insecurity and opposition.

The convener of the forum and former SSA to Obiano, Chief Owelle Mbaso, said although they had met with necessary stakeholders, including Governor Soludo to no avail, they would press on again before they finally joined one of many political party bigwigs showing interest in paying at least 150% of the severance allowances.

He emphasized that Soludo’s emergence was a result of the dedication, resilience, and financial support the former Appointees gave to him, adding that a lot of offers have been coming to them but due to the love they have for the former governor Willie Obiano, they decided to give Soludo a little more time.

A Communique issued at the end of the meeting, read; “That Governor Soludo has refused to pay the severance allowance of the former Appointees of the past Administration or made any positive impact whatsoever in that regard despite the consultations and pleadings that proper things be done for posterity sake.

“That Governor Soludo had made several demeaning comments against the former Appointees on record at the meeting of 17th December 2023, presenting the former Appointees as reapers where they didn’t sow”.

“That the former Appointees having waited patiently for a positive follow-up on the meeting of 17th December to no avail, have decided that since Governor Soludo does not have any regard for them and sees them as insignificant, they have decided unanimously to put their support where it would be valued and reciprocated.

“That the former Appointees have unanimously decided to support APC and connect to the center.”

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Chairman of APGA, the ruling party in the state, Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, in a chat with our correspondent on Wednesday, made it clear that Governor Soludo is not owing the former appointees.

Following agitations and threats by former political appointees who served under ex-Governor Willie Obiano, to work against Governor Charles Soludo’s reelection in 2025, if their demands for payment of severance allowance are not met, Chief Obiokoye wondered who the former political appointees were because he could recall that former political appointees who served in the Willie Obiano regime were still serving in the highest Executive Council level of the present administration.

Obiokoye, who was a former political appointee and served under ex-Governor Willie Obiano as the Special Adviser on Political Matters, said he has a long list of former appointees who served in the previous administration and still serving under Soludo’s government.

He mentioned the current Deputy Governor Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, saying that he was a Special Adviser during former Governor Willie Obiano’s administration.

According to Chief Obi-Okoye, “What we are seeing with this is a situation where people are not patient. The governor that I know is a humane person but he will not be cowed by any form of blackmail.

“The APGA room is big for everyone and we as a party in the state, are also floating platforms to support people who could not get political appointments, because the state as of now, cannot afford such appointments, due to its lean resources.”

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