OrderPaperToday – Pensioners in Sokoto state have expressed their support for Aminu Tambuwal, urging him to seek re-election as Governor of the state.

They said their decision to back Tambuwal is founded on the need to appreciate the Governor after he settled pensions and arrears owed to state and local government retirees to the tune of N4 billion in the last two years despite current financial crises.

Speaking to reporters during the celebration of the 2017 pensioners’ day, the state chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Alhaji Umaru Abubakar, said the group has resolved to purchase a nomination form for the Governor.

“The regular payment of our entitlement, and the payment of our arrears, has made Sokoto as one of the states that gives priority to the welfare of pensioners in the country.

“The members of the union have resolved to ask Tambuwal to seek for a second term in view of his commitment to our welfare in Sokoto.

“All these were achieved due to the Governor’s faith and belief in the Hadith of the Holy Prophet that admonishes Muslims to pay workers before their sweats dried up,” he said.

The Chairman also called on all well-meaning people of the state to support the state government to ensure its continuity beyond 2019 “because of the present administration’s outstanding achievements in the education and health sector.”

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