The Nigeria Labour Congress has attributed the election of Kayode Fayemi as Ekiti State Governor to the failure of the outgoing administration in the state to pay workers’ salaries and benefits.
The congress therefore admonished the incoming administration to settle workers salaries and pension immediately it was sworn in.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a congratulatory message to Fayemi in Abuja on Saturday, stated that Fayemi’s election was a reflection of the popular wishes of the people and their appreciation of the work he started when he was governor of the state.
Wabba counseled the new governor against vilifying or going after his predecessor, adding that he should rather complete the work he started in his first tenure.
The NLC boss stated that Fayemi should use the opportunity of his second coming to render higher and greater service to the people of Ekiti State “who have kept faith with you in spite of everything.”
He said, “Few, if any, suffered the level of government-engineered vilification and witch-hunt aimed at frustrating your bid for a second term in office. That you won this election in spite of these obstacles or frustration should be a source of joy and pride to you and your esteemed supporters.
“We believe that the non-payment of workers salary and pension by the outgoing government was enough reason for the vote of no confidence by the people.
“We are confident that one of your first executive actions upon your inauguration would be to clear the backlog of salaries and pension owed Ekiti workers.”
The congress President said the people would hold the new governor to his promises, adding that the NLC would not do any differently.