By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to liquidate its office over its inability to meet its statutory obligations to its staff, including non payment of salaries and entitlements to its staff in the national Secretariat.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, APC said it is surprising to hear the party that governed Nigeria for fifteen years could no longer afford to pay staff salaries.
“It is shocked that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can no longer pay entitlements of it’s National Secretariat staff as at when due despite billions of Naira generated from the sales of nomination forms during the 2019 general elections and the recent in Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
“If a political party is not capable of running it’s National Secretariat successfully, such a party has nothing to do with governance. Nigerians should thank their stars that the PDP is no longer in power at centre in times like this.
“Our current intervention is in respect of some Nigerians working at the National Secretariat of the PDP but got sacked recently and illegally by the party. The number of staff sacked amounts to 50%.
“The sacked staff have already dragged the PDP to the National Industrial Court in the suit no. NIC/ABJ/260/2020.”
APC said it will amount to wickedness and lack of empathy for the dying PDP to continue to deny its staff what legally belongs to them, “hence PDP should rather close shop, bearing in mind the popular saying that “the labourers deserve their wages”, according to the statement.
“It is more shocking that the PDP national secretariat could also resort to threats against its own staff who had diligently worked for the party, get sacked illegally and also deny them what is due to them. Where is the empathy, PDP?
“We are reliably informed that for three years since the PDP lost power at the centre, staff of it’s National Secretariat have also not been paid their Housing Allowances, leading to over 50% of them entrapped in litigations with their various landlords, over 20% have their properties thrown out of their living apartments following which some of them resorted to sleeping in the Churches and or squatting with friends and relatives. Some have even sent their family members back to their villages.
“Although the above ugly experience is a culture in the opposition PDP, it is made worse since most of their leaders no longer have easy access to public funds to loot.
“As a responsible governing party, we can only appeal to the leaders in the PDP to show compassion for once because these staffers are Nigerians irrespective of where they are working for now, their entitlements should be paid, including those that have been illegally sacked.
“We also appeal to the Court of law to do justice to the case as the last hope of a common man”, APC said in the statement.