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Cleaners down tools at PDP secretariat

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By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—FINANCIAL crisis rocking the National Secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, reared its head as cleaners down tool in protest over non-payment of salaries.

The cleaners, 12 in number, vowed to continue with the strike until they were paid.

Vanguard gathered that the workers, who came to work very early as usual, refused to carry out their normal duties, saying they would not work unless the party paid their salaries.

Vanguard also gathered that the present consultant handling the cleaners, Isaiah Okeme, was brought in by the former National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, following the sack of the former workers.

One of the cleaners (names withheld) who vowed that the strike will continue if the management failed to pay them their salaries, told Vanguard that the consultant had asked them to submit passports and names of guarantors as there were plans to increase the monthly pay from N10,000 to N20,000.

He said: “Our problem is that we are not working today (yesterday), because they owe us four months salary. We don’t know the person to meet. Our supervisor, Emma, and our Director, Okeme, are not available.

“They did not even allow us to see the treasurer of the party. The company pays us N10,000 monthly. We come to work everyday, pay our transport fare because we stay outside Abuja.

“Some of us live in One Man Village, Nasarawa State; Mandalla, Niger State; Gosa, along Airport Road and we feed oursel-ves and our families with the salary. Though it is small, but they should pay us.”

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