- Senator Ademola Adeleke accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of not paying workers' salaries, pensions
- He promised that if elected governor, the PDP government would obliterate all anti-workers policies of the Aregbesola administration and make them proud to be civil servants
- The ruling party, APC, in a reply to Adeleke said PDP is not in the position to teach the APC-led government how to take care of workers
Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, has lambasted Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, for refusing to pay workers' salaries and pensions in the state.
Adeleke said he wondered why Aregbesola “would neglect such a fundamental obligation of government for so long without any justifiable reason.”
The PDP candidate said this in a statement by the head of media and public communication of the PDP Campaign Organisation, Bamidele Salam.
The Sun reports that he said the civil service was the engine room for meticulous implementation of programmes and policies of any serious government and that the institution must be respected and highly motivated.
While commending the labour unions for their endurance and decision to resort to constitutional means of agitating for their rights, Adeleke promised that if elected governor, the PDP government would obliterate all anti-workers policies of the Aregbesola administration and make them proud to be civil servants.
The PDP chairman called on Aregbesola to promptly respond to the demand of the workers by ordering immediate payment of the backlog of the workers’ salaries and allowances.
He said: “Government had no justification for the brazen oppression of workers who toil day and night to sustain the running of public institutions.
"To make matters worse, Ogbeni Aregbesola continues to make senior citizens who are pensioners objects of ridicule in the society by refusing to pay their meagre pensions and gratuities.
“We condemn this gross insensitivity and call on the governor to immediately address the demands of the workers in order to save millions of innocent citizens from the consequences of a prolonged strike."
In reaction, the All Progressives Congress (APC) described PDP as a failed party which previous administration did not prioritise workers’ welfare and therefore not in the position to teach the APC-led government how to take care of workers.
It held that Aregbesola’s APC-led administration took over from PDP when workers’ welfare status had already been in a shambles.
It added that it was Aregbesola that came to redeem their hope when he started paying workers’ salaries between 25th and 26th of every month and also increased salaries until economic recession set in.
The party’s director of publicity, research and strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, who stated this in a chat with Daily Sun, added that the governor had assured that he would not owe workers and pensioners a dime before his tenure expires in November.
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“So, we don’t need the intervention of a failed party to teach us how to take care of our workers. After all, they don’t have any good plan for anybody.
“The government of Osun and APC may not need the intervention of ‘unserious’ political gang called APC. We are not in the same category,” he added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that barely 25 days to the conduct of the September 22 gubernatorial poll in Osun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola admonished eligible voters not to cast their votes for reckless candidates and political parties.
The governor said this is important as there is the need to checkmate bad governance and policies, capable of rubbishing the gains recorded by the state.
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