Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied instructing Abba K. Yusuf, governorship candidate of the party not to pay N30,000 minimum wage when he becomes governor.
Kwankwaso, who described the reports as “disheartening” and “concocted lies” also denied calling for sacking of workers.
Speaking through a statement by his spokersperson, Binta Spikin, Kwankwaso said he would never be an advocate for retrenchment considering his passion for the welfare of ordinary people, especially workers.
“As a law abiding citizen, Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso along with all his followers are patiently awaiting the 23rd of March when the rerun election would take place, and when we will confidently emerge victorious.
“The people of Kano have spoken, and they will at all times stand on the side of Sen Kwankwaso because of his people-oriented policies and programmes that have added value to the quality of lives in Kano and beyond.
“Hence, it is disheartening that some media outlets carry reports with distorted information attributing it to Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso. These include a sponsored write-up in the Daily Times newspaper that says Sen Kwankwaso will retrench workers if Engineer Abba Kabir Yusif is elected governor and a badly written piece on Sahara Reporters, an online news medium, insinuating that Sen Kwankwaso has instructed Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf not to pay the thirty thousand Naira minimum wage if elected.
“On this note, we wish to call on the general public to disregard these concocted lies written solely to blackmail the person of Sen Kwankwaso who is not the gubernatorial candidate.
“These concocted stories are deliberate and mischievous machinations intended to deflect our minds as we await the rerun election to take back our mandate and set Kano along the track of developmental progress.
“We wish to draw the attention of the public to the fact that Sen Kwankwaso has never been and will never be an advocate of retrenchment, neither will Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf. The people of Kano can testify to the doggedness of Senator Kwankwaso when it comes to issues pertaining the well being of Kano people, civil servants or not, in or out of government and that will never change.
“Therefore, our attention should now be focused on seeing that the rerun election is free and fair.
“Against this background, we urge the general public to disregard the concocted false information as it has no basis,”the statement read.