PDP Chairman To Earn More Than Jonathan

7 years ago by: Omogbolahan Babs
(m) at 6-07-2012 08:59AM (7 years ago)

(1213 | Gistmaniac)

Following the newly approved monthly salaries for members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, will now earn more than President Goodluck Jonathan.

With this development, the monthly take home pay for Tukur is N2m and the National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, N1.5m.

President Jonathan’s earns N1.17m monthly, the vice-president receives N1,010,524.17 while the Senate President goes home with N724,570.73.

A minister also earns N650,136.67; governor N648,580.63; Deputy Senate President N673,506.97 and Speaker of the House of Representatives earns N412,851.67This development is a deviation from the tradition in the party since its formation in 1998 as all previous NWC members were paid only sitting allowances. Other 10 members of the NWC will receive N1m monthly.

Apart from the new monthly salaries, members of the NWC will continue to collect the N50,000 weekly sitting allowance which was all that accrued to their predecessors.

Aside the new salaries, members of the NWC are equally entitled to housing, furniture and vehicle allowances.

It was gathered that the leadership of the party resolved to pay the salaries to financially empower them and discourage the tendency of the national officers running cap in hand to PDP governors, a practice that compromised the par-ty leaders in the past.

However, it could not be ascertained if the new salary payment would be extended to the zonal, state and ward executive committees who were all equal-ly elected to administer the party at lower levels. Efforts to reach the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, were unsuccessful as he was said to have travelled outside the country for official engagement.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the PDP National Chairman, Shariff Ujudud, declined to comment on this development in a telephone interview. He insisted that only the national publicity secretary could speak on the issue. But an inside source told National Mirror that the windfall would need the ratification of National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party before it could be implemented.

Meanwhile, the PDP has denied the existence of any deal between the party and the Presidency on the one hand and Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party, LP, on the other for the governor to retain his position in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

A statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Binta Garba Masi, in Abuja yesterday, stated that the speculation was  “completely untrue and a complete fabrication.”

She said it was calcu-lated to “deflate the rising profile and prospects of the PDP and our candidate in the election”.

The party, therefore, called on its members and supporters to disregard it and intensify efforts in the ongoing campaigns to en-sure victory at the polls for the PDP “for the good of all Ondo people.”

Also, the immediate past National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Chief Olusola Oke, yesterday expressed interest for the gubernatorial ticket, vowing to reclaim the state for the party.

Speaking at the ceremony conducted by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustafa, at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, he noted that it was wrong to say that PDP was not strong in the state.

Oke said that the present administration in the state had failed the people as all that dotted Ondo State are “carcasses of broken promises.”

The former party’s legal adviser, who claimed that nine other PDP governor-ship candidates in the state had endorsed his candidacy, praised the state leadership for making his endorsement possible.

Oke said if elected, he would  improve on the available resources, industrialise the state and generate employment for the people as well as enhancing their income.

“In order to achieve this, we intend to prudently manage the resources of the state for the betterment of the people.

“We shall ensure that we embark on projects that will bring about sustainable development and not projects that are cosmetic in approach and their origin,” he said.

The aspirant explained that in spite of the “over a trillion naira accruing to Ondo State in the last four years, when you go round the state, you cannot find projects that would justify in any man-ner this huge resources.”

He said if elected he would run a transparent, accountable, focused and visionary government for the people of Ondo State.