It would be recalled that the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party – PDP in Nasarawa State, had on Monday, 9th January, 2023 alleged that government officials in Nasarawa State were going round collecting the Voters Vin Number that is on the PVC of Pensioners in a form designed by Agent’s of the State as condition for payment of their pensions and gratuities.
The allegations which was contained in a statement signed by the Public Relation Officer of the PDP – Mohammad Ibrahim Hamza, and made available to Journalists in Lafia, described the situation as a sad development and unfortunate.
It explained that “it is pertinent to note that Payment of pensions and gratuities to retired workers is not a privilege but a right. So for some government officials to begin to initiate partisan politics on the payment of pension is most disheartening
“To this end, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Nasarawa State wants to use this medium to condemn the act in totality and urge INEC and all relevant security agencies to go after the perpetrators and their sponsors, arrest and prosecute them to serve as deterrent to others
“It is a clear manifestation of desperation of the ruling APC and the handwork of enemies of democracy to frustrate, manipulate, and to disrupt the electoral process or manipulate power through dubious means” the Party alleged.
Responding to the allegations on Tuesday, 10th January, 2023, the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Nasarawa State, challenged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party – PDP to work towards winning the next months’ elections rather than heaping their failure on the Governor, the government and APC in the State.
A statement by the Spokesman of the rulling APC, Chief Douglas Otaru, disassociated Government Officials and the Party from the woes of the opposition PDP, stressing that the APC has no hands it the failure of the PDP in Nasarawa State.
The image maker of the Party described the allegations of the PDP as baseless, unfounded and calculated attempts to smear the hard earned image of APC as well mislead the law abiding citizens of the state.
He said the political space are large enough for all political parties to showcase their potentials, policies and programmes to win elections, calling on the PDP to focus more on selling their manifestos to the electorate than sowing seeds of falsehood that will bear no fruit.
“It is only those suffering from political glaccuma that don’t see Governor Sule’s achievements. Sule’s styles of governance is that of agenda setting, results yielding, and people-driven policies and programmes