By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked Governor Rochas Okorocha and chieftains of All Progressives Congress, APC, to hide their faces in shame, for “senselessly toying with the precious lives of pensioners and workers in the state.”
State PDP Chairman, Chief Charles Ezekwem, who stated this, yesterday, at a press conference in Owerri, was emphatic that “the unilateral slashing of workers and pensioners take home pay and the apparent unwillingness to adhere to the ruling of the National Industrial Court, is unchristian, uncharitable, anachronistic and capable of decimating this class of Imo citizens.”
Ezekwem wondered how the governor and APC chieftains “feel on sighting or reading about these frail, famished and hapless senior citizens.”
Recalling that the PDP had in the past appealed to Imo State Government to address payment of workers and pensioners, Ezekwem, however, said the administration surreptitiously affirmed that it was owing pensions.
“After initially denying that it was not owing salaries and pensions, the same administration shamelessly acknowledged receipt of N7 billion Paris Club refund, which it said would be used to pay pensioners,” Ezekwem said.
The state PDP boss urged the legislative arm of government to rise to their responsibilities and closely monitor how the N7 billion would be expended.
Addressing the crisis that bedevilled the PDP, Ezekwem described it as “a settled matter, with the decision of the Supreme Court. Our target now is to join hands and vote the APC government out in 2019. This will save Imo people from further suffering.”