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Sokoto: APC, PDP trade words over salary

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Ahmed Aliyu, has urged the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal-led government to stop “witch-hunting…

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Ahmed Aliyu, has urged the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal-led government to stop “witch-hunting workers” for not supporting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of female trainees of a skills acquisition programme on Wednesday, Aliyu alleged that the PDP government in the state had been withholding salaries in its bid to force workers into supporting their candidates.

He said, “This is not only wickedness, but inhuman. The act contravenes the provision of right to association as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.”

He promised to give local government areas full autonomy when elected as governor of the state.

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But reacting, the state Chairman of PDP, Bello Aliyu Goronyo, described the allegation as frivolous, saying, “They are just jealous of our government because we pay salaries promptly in addition to clearing the backlog of pension and gratuity inherited from the previous governments.”

He challenged the APC candidate to mention one genuine worker whose salary was withheld in the state, saying, “As I am talking to you, the secretary of their party (APC) is a director in the state civil service and is still enjoying his salary and other privileges unstopped.”