Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, has commended Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the incumbent state governor, over his plans to scrap pension being paid to the former governors and deputy governors of the state.
In a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday, Tinubu, who governed the state from 1999 to 2007, described the move by Governor Sanwo-Olu as “bold and courageous”.
Tinubu further urged others, with specific reference to All Progressives Congress (APC) loyalists, to do the same. “Congratulations to Governor Sanwo-Olu over the Y2021 budget which he appropriately christened” Budget of Rekindled Hope”, he tweeted.
“This audacious and enterprising budget will empower our people and begin to rebuild Lagos State. In particular, I would also like to commend the Governor for the plan to commence the repeal of the Pension Law giving pension packages to former governors and their deputies.
“This is a bold and courageous move by Mr. Governor and I wholeheartedly support him. I encourage all APC loyalists to do the same.”
In particular, I would also like to commend the Governor for the plan to commence the repeal of the Pension Law giving pension packages to former governors and their deputies.
— Bola Ahmed Tinubu (@AsiwajuTinubu) November 11, 2020
Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, announced his intention to abolish the payment of pension and other entitlements to former governors and their deputies.
He made his intention to repeal the Public Office Holder Act 2007 while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly. According to him, the bill would be sent to the Lagos Assembly for legislative approval. If he goes ahead with implementing his plan, the law would affect Bola Tinubu, Raji Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode and other past Lagos State governors.