The duo, Mr Amaechi Oken, a Senior Technical Assistant to Umahi and Apostle Benjamin Obaji, a Technical Assistant, resigned their appointments with the State Government in March, 2021.
In their resignation letters dated March 1 and March 8, 2021 respectively, the governor’s aides cited non-payment of their salaries for some months, as reason for quitting their jobs.
It was gathered that on resignation, Apostle Obaji and Mr Oken join the Peoples Democratic Party from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
According to findings by our Correspondent in Ebonyi State Emmanuel Nnaji no fewer than nine aides of Governor Umahi, had resigned their appointments with the State Government, since he defected to the APC, last November.
While Mr Oken’s resignation letter read in part, “My worry is that while others were paid for January this year, I was not paid. The following month, February too, I have not received any allowances/stipends. On inquiry, I was told that presently the appointment retention is dependent on APC membership by presentation of evidence. Unfortunately, I have been a member of the PDP and do not intend to relinquish my membership in order to qualify for that, since the Constitution does not provide for one to belong to more than one party at a time;
Obaji’s letter partly read, “Sir, let it be noted that my resignation was not politically inclined, but purely on personal grounds, not minding the fact that I have not been paid for the past few months.”