By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Pensioners in Ogun State have pledged their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The pensioners, under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Ogun state chapter, also lamented their poor treatment by the current administration, saying they were tired of empty promises of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
They made this known while hosting Abiodun in Abeokuta, at the weekend.
State chairman of the Union, Comrade Kessington Oduwole assured that the union would mobilise and canvass for the APC.
He said he would inform his members that Abiodun had been known to him from childhood and his father is also a member of the pensioners union, hence he would bring succour to them.
His words: ‘He will bring succour to the retirees in the State by addressing all our demands. 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”.
The secretary of the Union, Comrade Bola Lawal listed some of the challenges facing the pensioners to include “failure of the current administration to pay their gratuities since 2013, irregular payment of pensions and entitlements, lack of input in the current government among others.
He accused Amosun of plunging the state into huge debt and not running a listening government.
APC state leader, Chief Olusegun Osoba, who accompanied the candidate of the APC to the meeting, expressed shock that the pensioners who were classified as senior citizens could be owed that much, promising them support from the next APC government in the state .
He assured them that Abiodun would run a responsible and responsive government when he becomes the governor of the State.
Abiodun, while responding, promised to operate a listening government.
He thanked the pensioners for their show of love and support, insisting he would not let them if emerged.
Abiodun told the senior citizens that he got inspiration to contest for the number seat through his resolve to elevates the people.
” 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,” he said.
”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 stated.