Pension saga: No bases for comparison between Saraki and Akpabio – APC replies PDP

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 9th, 2014

bukola_saraki11Kwara State Government has accused the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of patronizing falsehood and deliberately twisting facts in the name of politics.

In a statement issued at the weekend by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Ishola Gold, the state government said it does not pay and has not paid former governor, Bukola Saraki for utility or domestic upkeep.

“To date, neither Senator Saraki nor any of his family members has claimed or being paid any medical expenses because to date, the former governor has not made any such demand on the state government. Government never built any house for Senator Saraki,” it said.

According to Gold, despite the ex-governor’s entitlements as contained in the law, the former governor has not requested for any provision for drivers, security or domestic staff.

“So to say that it is because of Senator Saraki’s pension package the state could not pay salaries is totally false and yet again an act of desperation by PDP to raise false alarm.

“We make bold to say that Kwara State pays salaries of its workers on the 25th of every Month or earlier if that date falls within weekend.

“For the avoidance of doubt and to set the record straight, Senator Saraki does not enjoy anything more than retired civil servants, especially permanent secretaries who receive their last gross salaries as pension.

“What Dr . Saraki enjoys from the state is his last salary while in office, which is N1, 262,626. Before mid 2012 the figure was only N826,848 monthly as is the norms in most climes, hence there is no bases for comparison between Saraki and the Akpabio saga”, he said.

Gold reminded the PDP that though the serving Senator might be the leader of the APC in the state, he ceased to be governor of Kwara State three years ago.

“The law was not meant for him, but past governors of the State. However, it is within democratic practise, for any individual or group to initiate bills or amendment of bills in the legislature. The PDP, or any group or individual is not denied such right.

“The truth, which is in public domain, is that Kwara earned just N38.7billion in 2013, and not N49b as insinuated by the PDP, yet the administration is deepening the developing of infrastructure in the State”.

The statement concluded by pointing out that the state government was in the capital market to source bond for the financing of infrastructural development not because it is broke, but that such is a universal practise which only sound credit-worthy states or nations get access to.

The state government, therefore, challenged the opposition PDP to support its numerous allegations with verifiable facts rather than seeking popularity through falsehood.

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