APC Governorship Candidate Dismisses Minimum Wage Increase as a “Greek Gift”

Senator Monday Okpebholo, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, has criticized the recent increase of workers’ minimum wage to N70,000, describing it as a mere political ploy incapable of influencing the electorate.

Addressing the media from his office in Abuja, Okpebholo called upon Governor Godwin Obaseki to provide a detailed account of the N5 billion allocated by the Federal Government as palliative measures for Edo civil servants.

According to Okpebholo, the minimum wage announcement by Governor Obaseki is a deliberate attempt to divert attention from pressing issues affecting Edo residents. He accused the governor of neglecting the welfare of civil servants and failing to distribute palliatives as promised.

“The Governor has been silent regarding the utilization of the N5 billion allocated to the state. Civil servants in Edo have not received any additional funds or support, unlike their counterparts in other states,” Okpebholo asserted.

He further criticized Governor Obaseki for allegedly hoarding funds to influence the upcoming governorship election and accused the administration of neglecting critical infrastructure needs such as education, healthcare, and transportation.

Responding to Okpebholo’s remarks, Governor Obaseki’s spokesperson, Mr. Paul Ohombamu, dismissed the criticisms, stating that the APC and its candidate fail to comprehend the long-term impact of the governor’s populist projects. Ohombamu emphasized that projects such as the construction of the new Labour House and the Temboga road are essential for the overall development of the state.

The Edo State Government reiterated its commitment to inclusive development and accused the APC of engaging in divisive politics rather than prioritizing the welfare of the people.

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