Retired labor unionists in Ondo State have condemned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led government of Governor Olusegun Mimiko for his refusal to pay gratuities and pensions owed to senior citizens of the State.
The labor unionists lamented the hardship retirees in the State are currently facing under the incumbent government and expressed disappointment towards Mimiko’s administration.
Oyekan Arije, a former labor union leader in the State, said the pensioners have suffered enough under the government of the PDP. Mr. Arije decried the retirees’ suffering under the incumbent government and Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s unfavorable policies towards the senior citizens of the State.
"Never before in the history of this State have public workers gone this long without being paid their salaries, let alone celebrate Christmas and New Year’s festivals without receiving their salaries.”
He said the veterans have decided to throw their weight behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the November 26th governorship election.
"We have now decided to work with the APC in the next gubernatorial election to ensure that an APC government is installed in Ondo State by February 24, 2017,” Arije said.
APC State Chairman Isaacs Kekemeke saluted the boldness of the labor retirees and urged them to rally support for the party in their various Local Government Areas ahead of the election.