Some senators have said they are not collecting pensions as former governors and former deputy governors of their states.
According to Sunday Punch, former Plateau State Governor, Senator Joshua Dariye (APC-Plateau Central), said he has not received any benefit ince leaving office apart from a severance allowance of N600,000.
My response to this is that it is an overkill. Many people have written about it as if that is the only national issue or problem in Nigeria. There is Boko Haram, poverty and various crises everywhere.
A former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Senator Abiodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti South), said her state has not refunded personal money she spent while in office.
I have never received any. I don’t know anything about it. Ekiti has never paid me and I am speaking for myself. Even the money that I left behind when i was impeached along with Governor Ayodele Fayose, nobody has paid it to me.
Former deputy governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia Central), also denied receiving any benefit since leaving office.
I have never collected pension from Abia State. I resigned from Abia government on March 7, 2003, to contest the governorship seat and lost.
I should have been paid pension but Governor Kalu, because I ran against him, refused to authorise payment for the ridiculous reason that I was impeached on the 14th of March, 2003; seven days after I resigned.
So, from 2003 to 2007, I was not paid pension. I contested and won election into the Senate in June 2007. Since then, I have only been paid by the National Assembly.