- The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may face more agitation by its staff
- This is due to the ruling party’s inability to pay their salaries
- The staff are already planning a protest to drive home their demands
A report by Thisday indicates that the staff of the APC national secretariat are agitated over unpaid salaries by the ruling party.
According to the report, some senior staff of the secretariat were already mobilising other junior staff for a protest against the party’s national leadership.
Some of the staff who chose to be anonymous for fear of being victimised, 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 National Working Committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
According to one of the staff, they are owed 2016 13th month salary and that of February this year.
The source said: “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 not 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.”
Another source said 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 part of a new funding mechanism, the party has decided to embark on a continuous membership registration exercise across the country.
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Four months ago, the national secretariat of the APC was thrown into darkness following the party’s failure to offset the N1.7 million debt owed Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
An electricity receipt pasted on the gate of the APC secretariat showed that the party had only recently paid N500, 000 of the debt.
On Thursday, January 19, the secretariat was for 30 minutes struck by power outage while Oyegun and the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola were having a meeting.