- The APC has asked the PDP to close its national secretariat if it cannot pay the entitlements of its staff
- According to the ruling party, the PDP illegally sacked 50% of its staff some of whom have now approached the court to seek redress
- The APC appealed to the PDP leadership to pay the staff their entitlements just as it also asked the court to come to the aide of the affected workers
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock over the alleged inability of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pay the entitlements of the staff at its national secretariat staff.
Mocking the PDP, the APC said it wondered why the opposition party could not pay its staff as at when due despite alleged billions of Naira generated from the sales of nomination forms during the 2019 general elections and the recent in Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
The ruling party made this known in a statement made available by its deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena.
The statement reads in part:
"If a political party is not capable of running it's National Secretariat successfully, such a party has nothing to do with governance.
"Nigerians should thank their stars that the PDP is no longer in power at centre in times like this."
The APC said it is only concerned by the development because those working in the PDP secretariat are also Nigerians.
According to the statement, the PDP illegally sacked about 50% of its staff. The ruling party advised the PDP to close shop if it can no longer pay salaries.
The statement continues:
"The sacked staff have already dragged the PDP to the National Industrial Court in the suit no. NIC/ABJ/260/2020.
"It will amount to wickedness and lack of empathy for the dying PDP to continue to deny its staff what legally belongs to them, hence PDP should rather close shop, bearing in mind the popular saying that "the labourers deserve their wages."
The APC also claimed that the PDP national secretariat was threatening the staff for allegedly speaking up against their purported sack.
It added that the PDP had not paid the staff their housing allowances for three years after losing the power at the centre.
The statement concluded:
"As a responsible governing party, we can only appeal to the leaders in the PDP to show compassion for once because these staffers are Nigerians irrespective of where they are working for now, their entitlements should be paid, including those that have been illegally sacked.
"We also appeal to the Court of law to do justice to the case as the last hope of a common man."
Daily Trust reports that the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, reacting to the APC's allegations, simply said:
“They (APC) are hallucinating.”
Meanwhile, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has said his administration’s achievements have silenced the APC and other political parties in the state.
The governor noted that ahead of the 2023 general election, the APC has again started making false promises to the people.
Some of the "false promises" he accused the party of making were that, it would construct a University of Transport, develop a deep seaport and industrial park in the state.
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