22 February 2013

Nigeria: Gwagwalada Council Debunks PDP's Claim Over Allowance

Authorities of Gwagwalada area council on Wednesday debunked claim of non payment of severance allowance to PDP political office holders, who had previously served the council.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the council chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi Balarabe, in a statement in Gwagwalada, said the claim was mischievous.

He alleged that the PDP had during its campaign flag off in Gwagwalada, accused the ANPP-led administration of the council of not paying some entitlements to its members, who had served as political office holders in the council.

He said such comment by the PDP was an attempt to dent the image of the ANPP-led administration of the council, saying no legitimate political office holders, who served in the council was yet to be paid severance allowance.

According to him, the ANPP- led administration of Alhaji Zakari Angulu Dobi, has been adjudged as the most friendly, accommodating and accessible by residents of the council as well as visitors in the history of the council.

He stated that those claiming that their severance allowances have not been paid are not entitled to it because they spent less than two years in office, adding that it is clear in the constitution that any political office holder, who spends less than two years in office is not entitled to such allowance.

"Since the chairman is a law abiding leader, who is not ready to bend the law to satisfy personal interest, those affected are at liberty to challenge the council decision in the court to press home their demands," he said.

He said the claim by the party over the severance was not in the interest of democracy, saying a better means would have been adopted to market their candidate ahead of March 16 FCT Area council elections.

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