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Delta State Pensioners Protest Against Okowa Over Unpaid Gratuities

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Pensioners have called out Delta State Governor and 2023 People Democratic Party vice presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa for failure to pay their gratuities.

Naija News reports that the pensioners blocked the entrance of Government House, Asaba on Tuesday, over the nonpayment of the arrears of pensions owed for years.

A cross section of the pensioners who marched along the road leading to the Government House, Asaba, chanting songs of sorrow, called out the state government  for owing them months backlog of gratuities and using their money for frivolities.

According to one of the pensioners, twenty pensioners from her local government have died and 66 others from various LG in the state have died while waiting to be paid.

They stated that they embarked on protest to call attention to their plight and urged the state government to address the situation.

Recall, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, last Thursday, emerged as the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had announced Mr Okowa as his choice for the slot at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.

He was chosen over other contenders, including Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Watch video of the protest below.

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