APC STAFF PREPARE FOR WAR OVER UNPAID SALARIES

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may face more agitation by its staff over the party’s inability to pay their salaries.

THISDAY gathered during a visit to the party national secretariat located at Blantyre Street, Wuse 11 yesterday in Abuja, that some of the senior staff were already mobilising other junior staff for a protest against the party’s national leadership.

Some of the staff who pleaded not to be named in print for fear of intimidation, revealed that the party had slipped back into financial crisis after it had managed to recover from a similar situation last year.

The staff attributed the funding problems facing the party to the displeasure by the APC governors against the current NWC led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

According to one of the staff who spoke to journalists covering the ruling party, they are owed 2016 Thirteenth month and the salary of February this year.

“Our conditions are worsening everyday as staff of the ruling party. We are working in an environment that is not conducive for productivity. We hardly use municipla electricity or generator light in the party secretariat for six hours per day.

“If the chieftains of the party are not happy with the NWC members, they should say so and change them so that they can fund the party properly. There is no how anybody would think that the membership registration money can run a party, not to talk of APC effectively.
“If this debts and poor condition of service were not addressed soonest, we the staff would be forced to down tools.”

However, a source told journalists yesterday that the governors were angry that the NWC members had not been prudent enough in managing the monies that had come into the party.”
The APC leadership had complained of challenges as a result of the poor funding it is getting from stakeholders.

In a statement issued after a recent consultative meeting between the governors and the APC leadership, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said part of the key issues deliberated upon was how to improve on the finances of the party.

He added that as party of a new funding mechanism, the party has decided to embark on a continuous membership registration exercise across the country.
He said the meeting agreed that this is the only sustainable way to fund the party.”
Efforts to speak with the party’s spokesman was not successful. Also other principal officers of the party declined comment on the issue.

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