The All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State has been accused of working in cahoots with the retired commissioner of police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav to instigate some pensioners in the state against the state government.
Chairman of the state chapter of the People Democratic Party, PDP Sir John Ngbede who disclosed this on Saturday said that the ongoing protest by pensioners in the state was being sponsored.
He justified his claim with the assertion that APC chieftains were seen alongside Tsav distributing essentials to including food to the pensioners who were protesting at the gate of the Government House, Makurdi.
While noting that the government
was not lying low on the issue of pensions, he said
“this government has not neglected our pensioners, the truth is that the
issue of backlog did not start today it has been there even before 1999. But
this government has paid N18billion and is still paying so why the protest.
“If you look at the entire thing you will see the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. More disturbing is the appearance of Alhaji Abubakar Tsav and other APC members at the scene of the protest.
“Strangely we had issues of herdsmen killings in Benue state Alhaji Tsav never said anything but in this protest he showed up. We suspect that there is more to this protest than meet the eyes. So we are accusing him of sponsoring the protest.
“We also acknowledged the involvement of APC members in this whole thing. They are doing everything to run down our government including using retirees and the elderly. We totally condemn their action and assure the pensioners that the government is doing everything to regularly pay them.
“They all need to be patient because the Pension Commission which has retirees as members will in no distant time tackle the challenge of pension in the state and everyone will be happier for it.”