PDP warns Sokoto gov against political attack on members
The Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto State has warned the State Governor, Dr Ahmad Aliyu against political attack on members in the state.
The party gave this warning in a statement signed by the party state Publicity Secretary, Hassan Sahabi, stating that, the current APC of Governor Aliyu-led administration has with-held the pensions of a large number of retired Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General, especially those who voluntarily withdrew their services few days to the inception of the APC administration in the state last May.
“Our investigations further reveal that these category of civil servants, who sacrificed their life in the service of the state for decades, are deprived of this statutory entitlement in May and June, for real or imagined political reasons”.
According the statement, PDP said among victims of this political feud by the APC government are Permanent Secretaries, who were appointed several years ago, including a few, who were actually upgraded to the position during the tenure of Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko as Governor of the state.
“The State PDP chapter is also aware that a number of former members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants have not been paid their last salary, which is for May 2023, even though they had served in that capacity until May 29.”
“We wish to put on record, our total condemnation of this vendetta on sons and daughters of our state, whose ONLY fault is failing to subject themselves to the whims of the political overlords of the day.”
The party, however, called on the State Government to settle the arrears of the pensions/salaries of the affect public servants, along with their entitlements for July 2023, adding that failure to respect ultimatum, the affected former public servants will approach court to seek redress with the appropriate authorities.
The party expressed its displeasures over the state Government attitude describing the current scenario as very disturbing as the State Government is preoccupied on setting up unnecessary committees aimed at witch hunting opponents , while innocent citizens in the state are being killed or kidnapped by armed bandits on daily basis.
“Our Party will not, in any event, stand aside and watch the maltreatment of citizens and gross abuse of their constitutional rights by the APC regime, due to blind partisan sentiments.