By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Pensioners in Ogun State have called on the governorship candidate of the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun to embark on a rescue mission towards their plights.
The pensioners under the auspice of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Ogun State chapter, made the call while playing host to the Business mongul during their monthly meeting in Abeokuta.
They noted that they were tired of empty promises of the present government assuring that the union has declared to mobilise and canvass for the APC during the governorship election coming up on Saturday March 9th, 2019.
The State Chairman of the Union in Ogun State, Comrade Kessington Oduwole during his address informed his members that Dapo Abiodun had been known to him from childhood and his father is also a member of the pensioners union.
“He will bring succour to the retires in the State by addressing all our demands,” he said.
“Dapo Abiodun is someone we have known from childhood. His parents are also Pensioners and are well known to us. I want to assure you that all our wants and needs will be met when he becomes the governor. I hereby implore you all to rally round him and mobilise for him during the poll. I am promising you that he will not let us down. By the special grace of God, we shall accompany him to Oke Mosan by May 29th during his swearing-in as Governor,” he concluded.
Earlier, the secretary of the Union, Comrade Bola Lawal stated some of the challenges facing the Pensioners such as failure of the current administration to pay their gratuities since 2013, irregular payment of pensions and entitlements, lack of input in the current government and many more.
He accused Governor Amosun of plunging the State into huge debt and not running a listening government.
The former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba who accompanied the candidate of the APC to the event expressed shock that the Pensioners who are classified as senior citizens could be owed that much promised them succour from the next APC government in the state.
He assured them that that the Oil magnate would run a responsible and responsive government when he becomes the governor of the State.
The man of the moment (Prince Abiodun) in his address appreciates the Pensioners for their rare show of love and support.
He promised them of qualitative governance at all levels if given the opportunity to pilot the affairs of the State.
In his words, “I want to appreciate our fathers and mothers who have worked tirelessly for the service of this State. My parents who were both teachers are also Pensioners.
“The Pensioners are informed electorates that have influence within their communities and I want to express gratitude for their support. As someone from a private sector, my aspiration was borne out of my desire to see our people being provided with quality governance they deserved. I am assuring you that all your demands will be addressed when I become the governor and I promise to run a listening and inclusive government,” he concluded.