The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti and Osun states on Monday dismissed claims by the All Progressives Congress that the governorship candidate of the party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, will sack workers if elected in February.
In separate statements by the Publicity Secretary of the Lagos PDP, Mr. Gani Taofik and the Secretary of the PDP in Ekiti State, Mr. Tope Aluko, the party described the allegation as mischievous.
The PDP said, “Our conclusion is that the APC either in Lagos or anywhere are known to be lazy in intelligence and lack the ability to see beyond their noses hence their chiefs are always found to be shallow in argument and issues of national importance.”
The party stated that rather than sack workers, Agbaje would employ more workers and improve their welfare.
The statement read, “For the sake of clarity, Governor Ayodele Fayose sacked the APC in Ekiti and not workers. Fayose has, in fact, employed workers in Ekiti and with better remunerations than did Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The workers, now under probation in Ekiti, were hurriedly employed by Fayemi to put a burden on Fayose.
“Very many of them do not even have employment letters. Fayose is screening them and we can assure you that the qualified workers will continue in office and others will be redeployed to proper offices. Interestingly, in Lagos, even Mr. Akinwumi Ambode is planning to declare an emergency against unemployment by inaugurating an employment trust fund, this is an admission of inadequacy in that expectation. This is an indictment on the APC in Lagos.
The party said that the Lagos APC should have done its homework thoroughly before coming out with such lies, adding that the claim further showed that the APC could condescend to any level to misinform the public.
It alleged that Ambode initiated an obnoxious salary scale in the Lagos civil service and promised that Agbaje would correct this as well as lift the embargo on promotions.
The PDP said it was a useless exercise to compare Ekiti with Lagos.
It added, “For the information of the public, the last APC government in Ekiti State recruited young men and women to the Ekiti State Traffic Management Corps without any appointment letter or even a temporary correspondence with the Ministry of Works and Transport that was to be the supervising ministry.
“These young men and women were only deceived that they will be engaged properly in an indefinite manner just for the purpose of the second term bid of the then APC governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and for almost three years, he didn’t give them any employment letter.
“The case of the recruits in the peace corps was even pathetic as they were being cajoled to believing that they were going to be part of the state police that was never contemplated by the National Assembly then.”