The good people of Edo State should not to be hoodwinked by the stage-managed protests being organised by negative, anti-development elements in the state. 

A statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, yesterday hinted that the genuine pensioners are satisfied with the effort that Governor Godwin Obaseki has made to ensure that every pensioner in the State’s payroll is paid as and when due at the end of every month. 

The statement warned the few bad eggs among pensioners to desist from being used as tools of propaganda in the hands of disruptive elements in the state.
It added that these corrupt individuals who are sponsoring the fake protests are threatened by the just and transparent system of governance being established by Governor Obaseki. 

“These people are intimidated by the rising profile of Governor Obaseki on account of his astuteness in governance and the fact that he is reforming institutions within the state to plug holes in government and systematically end the mindless corruption that had characterized governance in the state before the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over as the ruling party. 

“Good enough, these diversionary efforts will never be effective in deceiving the Edo people who are much more sophisticated than these puppet-masters can imagine. 

“How possible is it that pensioners who they claim are dying of starvation and are bed ridden with various illnesses will purchase hundreds of red t-shirts and print sophisticated flex banners with huge sums of money just to drive the baseless and dishonest protest? 

“It is being sponsored by anti-development elements who this government know too well but has chosen to ignore because lies and dishonesty always have short limbs and can never travel long distances but truth on the other hand is immutable and cannot be drowned by an ocean of falsehood”.

Governor Obaseki had earlier cautioned pensioners in the state over what he described as slander against his administration in spite of efforts being made to settle all their outstanding wages.