In what has been described as a campaign gimmick, the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has declared November 17, 2017, as public holiday.

This, according to him, is to enable civil servants in the state to relocate to their electoral wards to be able to participate in the governorship election coming up on November 18.

Governor Obiano made the announcement during his address to civil servants at the 2017 African Public Service Day.

The event took place at the state capital, Awka.

Obiano also announced the payment of their leave allowance on the 15th of November.

Speaking about the contributory pension, he dismisses the insinuation that his administration has mandated all workers under the state to enroll.

He stated that his government has set up a committee to examine the programme and make recommendations.

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He, however, appealed to them to make sure they not only cast their votes but also to protect their votes as his victory will determine the sustenance of the incentives they enjoy.

Reacting to this, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Anambra State Chapter described his action as desperation of a drowning man.

Speaking through the State Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife, APC said:“Our party, resting on its foundation of liberty and free enterprise undiluted democracy calls on the out-going governor o Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano to tender an unreserved apology to the concerned traders.”

Madukaife further stated: “It is our suggestion that the financial commitment involved should be borne by APGA to serve as a deterrent to those who may dream off taking Anambra State now and in future.”


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