2023: Only Small Minds Will Campaign With Workers’ Salaries – Ademola Omotoso

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Barr. SHarafadeen Abiodun
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, Hon. Ademola Omotoso on Wednesday blasted politicians campaigning with payment of salaries, saying it is workers entitlement as stipulated in the nation’s constitution and supported by the holy books.
Omotoso said for people to have worked, it is expected for them to be paid.
The PDP chieftain who spoke with reporters in Ibadan as part of his 60 years birthday, said; “If you think someone isn’t paying salaries, it’s an error and that’s why people rejected them.”
He said; “We have people in  government who are of big minds, we have people in government who are of small minds. If you say paying salaries is an achievement, then you’re of small mind. I don’t see paying salaries as an achievement. For people to have worked, it is expected for them to be paid. You must pay salary, it’s a contractual thing. It’s biblical and constitutional. A labourer deserves his/her wage.
“How would you say that’s an achievement? It’s not! It is the responsibility of the government to pay salary.
“What is the credibility of paying salaries to workers. Salary payment is fulfilling obligation. Mind you, salaries are paid from Federal allocations.
Reminded that some former Governors reneged in paying workers’ salaries as and when due, Omotoso said: “You don’t build on error. You don’t make an error the right thing. If you think someone isn’t paying salaries, it’s an error and that’s why people rejected them.
“I worked seriously for this government, I worked to entrench this Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration. He knows that I worked.
“When you lay down your life for what you believe, you don’t have to feel that you’ve done something extraordinary. Along the line, I don’t know what happened because we all were considered as stupid.
“I don’t have regret for supporting Seyi Makinde, he was the candidate of the party and I must support the candidate of the party. I need people to know that I have never left Peoples Democratic Party since 2000 that I joined. The governor had once left the party. When there was no PDP shortly after 2015 elections, I stood with PDP. Myself and my group were the only one meeting at that time. Some other people were in some strange parties at that time that could not give them the platforms to win elections. But a party is a party, we needed to accommodate other people.
“We are the authentic party members and not aggrieved as some have been saying. We had our parallel Congress at Jogor, they came to attack us. Then, who is the aggrieved? If we are the aggrieved as they have been claiming, we were supposed to have attacked them and not the other way round,” he lamented.

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