The National Publicity Secretary of pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has lambasted Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola for throwing the state into financial crisis.
The spokesman said the governor formulated all kinds of policies that were now affecting the state negatively.
He told Daily Independent that having launched O, REAP, O-YES, O-MEAL, Opon-Imo and other policies, Aregbesola had plunged the state into ‘O-DEBT’.
Odumakin, who was one of the conveners of ‘Osun Summit’, organized by concerned stakeholders in Osun, recalled that the summit was chaired by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Olu Adekeye and attended by political parties, religious bodies and various civil society organizations.
Odumakin said, “The summit rose and decided that we should invite the EFCC and ICPC to come and look into Osun finances, and very soon we are sending a request to these two bodies to come and check Osun’s books in the last five years.
“As at now, the APC is jittery because they have mismanaged the state under Aregbesola. They have ‘bankrupted’ the state”.
“Oyinlola, who took over from Akande also did his own part without running the state into financial mess. But under Aregbesola, Osun has become totally bankrupt and in a state of insolvency”.
He said contrary to the impression being created in some quarters that the governor was replicating most of the projects in Lagos in Osun, “it is not projects that the governor is replicating in Osun, it is the Lagos lifestyle that he has taken to Osun State. Whereas Lagos economy can afford this lifestyle, Osun cannot.
“What is the governor doing with two helicopters? Ondo state that is an oil producing state does not have a helicopter. Ekiti, Ogun and even Oyo do not have helicopters.
“At a point, the governor was chartering flights from Lagos to Ibadan before he bought the helicopters”.
“He created all kinds of ‘Os’ in the state, Opon- Imo, O-YES, O-REAP, O-MEAL, O-QUIP. The end result of all that today in Osun is O-DEBT or O-GBESE as people are saying.
“What many people don’t know is that the water loan Bola Ige took in 1981 in old Oyo state for water projects, Osun is still paying its own part today. So, what it means is that with all the debts Aregbesola is generating for us now, our grandchildren will pay”, he said.
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