Governors’ Pension: Fayemi’s Threat of Lawsuit, a Distraction – SERAP

A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Sunday described as unjustified the threat of legal action against it by a former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.

SERAP, which described Fayemi’s threat of lawsuit as an unhelpful distraction, maintained that it would not back down on its campaign for the abolition of state laws that allow ex-governors to earn life pensions.

The organisation said rather than threatening a lawsuit, Fayemi should join it to ensure that life pensions being earned by ex-governors were redirected for the benefit of marginalised and disadvantaged Nigerians.

Fayemi had reportedly threatened a legal action against SERAP for including his name among ex-governors, who had become ministers and lawmakers but had continued to earn governors’ emolument and life pensions from their states.

“As a former pro-democracy activist, Dr Fayemi is well-known to us but we do not agree with the accusation that our letter targets the minister or intends to embarrass him in any way, shape or form.

“Our objectives remain to promote the abolition of those obnoxious states’ laws, which seek to allow former governors to receive life pensions either now or in the future when friendly governments are in place in their states, and to secure full recovery of public funds.

“By threatening legal action against SERAP on the matters, Dr Fayemi’s statement provides little more than unhelpful distraction,” SERAP said.




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