*says his proposed visit was a ploy to cause mayhem.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) on Tuesday asked the Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to stay away from Osun State during the celebration of the state’s, 10 years of uninterrupted progressive democracy.
PDP in a statement made available to journalists by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Diran Odeyemi stressed that the warning became necessary to prevent the looming breakdown of law and order which might be as as result of the purported planned visit of the former governor to the state
According to the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, ” Osun residents had suffered enough because of maladministration of the former governor and do not deserve to be put through harrowing experience of security breakdown”
Alleging in the statement that the proposed visit of the Minister of Interior to the state was a ploy to cause mayhem, Prince Odeyemi tasked security operatives ” to pay more than passing attention to the planned visit by Aregbesola purportedly to mark 10 years of return of progressive administration to the state”.
“What is he coming here to celebrate? Where is MKO International Cargo Airport where iover N3 billion was spent by Aregbesola? What is good in his administration that Aregbesola left over N200 billion debt according to the National Bureau of Statistics as at November, 2018 when he left government?, he said.
The PDP spokesman added, “it is more than mere coincidence that Rauf Aregbesola decided to mark 10 years of his administration on the very day his successor Oyetola wanted to celebrate his 2nd year administration. It is obviously meant to test power and popularity with the use of thugs and hooligans”.
Prince Odeyemi stressed that the visit had already exposed the bad relationship that existed between the incumbent governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, and his predecessor, adding that ” rather than come to Osun for any celebration, Aregbesola should endeavor to let the residents enjoy their peace, having left them worst than he met them”.
The PDP leader lamented that there was no concrete achievement the state recorded other than huge debt of N200B, formation of thuggery tagged ‘State Boys,’ inflated contracts and complete loss of value under the watch of ex governor Aregbesola.
“Where is our Opon Imo, Where is Dagbolu International Market that Aregbesola promised Osun people after spending huge amount of money? Aregbesola left N36 months unpaid half salaries to Osun workers and pensioners amounting to N30 billion. Where is Igi iye ? Where is Osunwon Omoluabi introduced by Aregbesola government? Where is Osun helicopter? Why did Aregbesola refused to pay pensioners their gratuities for 8 years?
Prince Odeyemi claimed further that “Under Aregbesola for eight years, civil servants were not promoted, Local Governments were fraudulently forced to operate parliamentary system just as we want to ask about O Reap, O -Hub, O-Fish, O pig all of which are failed promises used to syphon Osun’s allocation”
Accusing the former administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola of allegedly also bastardizing ” the educational sector by introducing single uniform, renaming of schools, mergers of institutions including reclassification again universal educational system”, Prince Odeyemi said, “for three years, consecutively, Aregbesola spent over N4 billion by sending Osun people to Cuba the advantage of which we still don’t know in Osun State”
While emphasizing that it was sure no reasonable Osun resident would join Ogbeni Aregbesola’s celebration, the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary urged the security agencies in the state “to remain vigilant and take proactive steps to prevent impending crisis, should the former governor insist on visting the state.’