Friday, 8 April 2016

APC chairman defends Saraki on salary scandal

On Thursday, April 7, speaking to some newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, Balogun-Fulani said Saraki was only drawing the pension constitutionally approved for him and his erstwhile deputy, Daily Trust reports.

According to him, he anchored the bill on the approval of pension and gratuity for former governors and their deputies in the state, as the as the majority leader of the sixth legislature.

The APC chairman noted that the bill went through legislative debate and public hearing before it was passed into law. The former lawmaker stated that the initiation and eventual passage of the bill followed the recommendation of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC) on pension and gratuity for former governors and their deputies. 

He said: “The payment of these entitlements is not peculiar to Kwara State, it is applicable to other states of the federation. “In most states, both the former governors and their deputies are enjoying the retirement pension and gratuity as applicable to Saraki and his deputy in Kwara State.”

The Code of Conduct Tribunal is trying Saraki for corruption charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
On Wednesday, April 5, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission testified informed the tribunal that Saraki kept collecting salary from Kwara government after he left office in 2011 and had been elected senator. 

In a quick reaction, the state government denied the claim, saying they only paid the Senate president his pension. The state government said the last amount it paid Saraki as salary was N291,474.00 meant for May, 2011, his last month in office.

Source- Daily Trust

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