The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied allegations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that its governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, planned to sack workers if voted in as governor of the state on February 28.
In a statement signed by Taofik Gani, and made available to THISDAY, the party stated that rather than sack workers, Agbaje after sacking the APC will employ more workers and improve their welfare. “Just as Fayose sacked APC in Ekiti, Agbaje will also sack APC in Lagos in February”.
It was reported that the Lagos APC had through its publicity secretary, Joe Igbokwe, issued a statement alleging plans by Agbaje to sack Lagos workers.
According to the PDP, “For sake of clarity, Fayose sacked APC in Ekiti and not workers. Fayose has in fact employed workers in Ekiti and with better remuneration than did Fayemi. The workers now under probation in Ekiti were hurriedly employed by Fayemi to burden Fayose.
“Very many are not even with employment letters. Fayose is screening them and we can assure you that the qualified workers will continue in office and others redeployed to proper offices. Interestingly, in Lagos, even Ambode is planning to declare emergency in employment drive by inaugurating employment trust fund. An admission of inadequacy in that expectation. This is an indictment on APC in Lagos,” the statement read.
In its rebuttal, the PDP alleged that the APC had failed Lagos workers and was already jittery of the resolve of the workers to reject the party in the February election.
“The APC is aware of plans by Agbaje to improve the welfare of Lagos workers.
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“The LASTMA staff will be sent on periodic trainings in Europe and America. All Lagos civil servants shall enjoy all bonuses hitherto suspended. APC knows the realisable plans will be unfolded at our rallies. They have thus resorted to mudslinging and falsehood.
“On the contrary, it is even Ambode that initiated the current obnoxious salary scale in the Lagos civil service. Agbaje will correct this as well as lift the embargo on promotions and other rewards,” stated the PDP.