By; BAYO AKAMO ,Ibadan.
Governor Rauf. Aregbesola of Osun state and a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore are now in fresh verbal war over payment of tax to the state government.
While Governor Aregbesola in a statement in Osogbo on Monday by his media aide, Mr. Sola Fasure accused Senator Omisore of alleged defaulting in tax payment from 2014 till date,the former deputy governor said Governor Aregbesola’s allegation was unfounded and ridiculous.
The governor in his statement said Senator Omisore last paid a tax of N25, 000.00 to the state in 2013 and that he was not competent to criticise his administration considering the fact that Senator Omisore and the PDP allegedly plunged Osun state and Nigeria into socio-economic and political coma.
“As of today, he (Omisore) still owes Osun government backlog of taxes. The last tax of N25,000 he paid was in 2013, meaning that he is a tax defaulter” he said.
Governor Aregbesola who accused Senator Omisore of being mischievous lanented that it was unfortunate that he (Omisore) had not learned from “his self-inflicted political sojourn and travail.”
“I can say it without any form of equivocation that Omisore is a shameless person who doesn’t know what is next in his life. He is a shameless liar because all he accused us of are those things they failed to do while they were in government. I want him to ask himself the impact he made on the lives of the people of the state, particularly his constituents, while he was in the Senate? He couldn’t complete tangible projects, but rather nursed his insatiable appetite for wealth accumulation. Most of the projects we did in Osun East Senatorial District today ought to have been done years back if the PDP-led government then did the needful,”.
The former deputy governor on his part described Governor Aregbesola’s as “unfounded and ridiculous” saying he had been paying his taxes correctly as he did not need to be reminded of his obligations to the state.
“To put the record straight, I have paid my personal tax as and when due as the principal partner of the Mechelec Consultants Limited based in Abuja. So, who descend to personal issues? I maintain that your (Aregbesola) government is the most corrupt in Nigeria since independence.” he said.
Senator Omisore while emphasizing that the “baseless allegations” raised by Governor Aregbesola were not an answer to the alleged recklessness of the administration which had plunged Osun state into a debt bondage which would take about 25 years to repay.