The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State on Saturday accused a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state of being too desperate to discredit Governor Simon Lalong and the ruling party over the implementation of the new minimum wage in the State.
State Secretary of the APC, Bashir Musa Sati, in a statement, said the factional PDP sponsored a protest that “criminally engaged in house-to-house harassment, intimidation and threatening of government officials and their families.”
He said the sponsored protesters were at the residence of the SGS, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Information and Communication and Head of Service, “terrorising their innocent children, wives and nursing mothers, issuing threats.”
He said: “Curiously, the protesters did not shut down any of the 17 local government secretariats in the state where they are supposed to direct their grievances. Neither did they visit the residence of any local government council chairman in the state.
“They were not even on strike, which is the widely known avenue for aggrieved workers to withdraw their services in protest. Now, what does the PDP factional spokesman (John Akans) take the people and government of Plateau State for? Does he think the public share his opinion and actions?”
He therefore queried the source of their financial support. “Who was providing the sumptuous meals, music, liquor and perhaps drugs to the protesters…?”
He added that “The PDP has been sulking ever since their attempt to disrupt the bye election for the Plateau South Senatorial District failed woefully,” which is “why they have turned their gun powder on anything that looks like an achievement of the Lalong administration by adopting their worn-out and unintelligent tactics of lies, mischief, propaganda, fact-twisting and crying more than the bereaved.”
Sati said the “people of Plateau State are not fools and can no longer be taken for a ride by a party they rejected since 2015, which keeps using crude methods to return to relevance.”
The APC said the Plateau governor did not ask the court to stop the agitation of local government employees for the minimum wage. Rather, it asked the court to order the employees to respect labour principles of negotiation, which he said, the workers did.
He said: “Till date, Lalong remains a darling of workers because he has kept faith with their wages and entitlements. He cleared all the 8 months arrears, no work no pay and others left behind by the PDP.
“He is also paying pension and gratuity which the PDP never contemplated even in the time of abundance.
“He re-engaged about 2,500 primary school teachers sacked by the PDP. Similarly, he re-engaged 100 PRTV staff that were sacked by the government of the PDP. Factional spokesman, please keep off this area because the Lalong APC Rescue Mission has demystified your party’s incompetence and wickedness in this area,” the statement read.
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