Hard Times: Buhari Campaign Staff Allege Neglect

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Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

Several staff members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council have complained of ill treatment by the party and the Presidency.

The staff, numbering over 100, on Thursday lamented that all the promises made to them by the Presidential Campaign Council have been jettisoned.

According to some of the workers that spoke to the media, they were posted to the PCC office from the Buhari Support Organization, BSO, as volunteers, while some others stated that they were employed as protocol staff for the campaign office.

A lady, who gave her name as Joy Ebere Umeh stated that her appointment letter was signed by the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, now Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

She also said that she served as a protocol officer for the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC Presidential Campaign Office in 2011 and her appointment letter then was signed by the President, Muhammad Buhari.

According to her, they were told to work for the PCC with the promise that they would follow the President to the Villa should APC win the election.
She however stated that since the party won and the President moved into the Villa, they were abandoned by the PCC.

“l am Joy Ebere Umeh, Protocol officer, APC campaign council. We were at the PCC on appointment as we were given letters dated Feb., 2015. From the day we resumed office, there was no salary, there was no allowances.

“They did not state any amount on the appointment letter, all they said verbally is that if the election was won, we will move into the Villa with the President and that is when they would place us on salary.

“So, we now worked with all our hearts without salaries or any other form of remuneration. We served the Presidential candidate and the campaign office and after winning the election and inauguration that was the end of the story. We were chased out of Lobito Crescent office and were sent to the campaign office to go and remain there since May last year”.