We have not received our benefits – Ex-gov, deputies

Some senators have said they are not collecting pensions as former governors and ex-deputy governors of their states, Punch reports.

Former Plateau State Governor, Senator Joshua Dariye said he has not received  any benefit ince leaving office apart from a severance allowance of N600,000.

He said, “My response to this is that it is an overkill. Many people have written (about it) as if that is the only national issue or problem in Nigeria. There is Boko Haram, poverty and various crises everywhere.”

A former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, said her state has not refunded personal money she spent while in office.

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She said, “I have never received any. I don’t know anything about it. Ekiti has never paid me and I am speaking for myself. Even the money that I left behind when we left (impeached along with Governor Ayodele Fayose), nobody has paid it to me.”

Former deputy governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinaya Abaribe also denied receiving any benefit since leaving office.

“I have never collected pension from Abia State. I resigned from Abia government on March 7, 2003, and lost. I should have been paid pension but Governor (Orji Uzo) Kalu, because I ran against him, refused to authorise payment for the ridiculous reason that I was impeached on the 14th of March, 2003; seven days after I resigned.

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“So, from 2003 to 2007, I was not paid pension. I contested and won election into the Senate in June 2007. Since then, I have only been paid by the National Assembly.”

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