The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to tender unreserved apologies to the people of the state over his alleged attempt to con the state.
While describing Oyetola as the most deceptive and untrustworthy state executive in the country, it asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor to stop deploying his obsolete act of trickery to deceive the people of the state.
Reacting via a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Ayodeji Areola, and made available to DAILY POST, the party condemned a statement purportedly issued by Ismail Omipidan, the spokesman of the governor who was defending his boss.
The party accused the governor of being a prominent player in slashing workers salaries in the state after years of financial recklessness, capital flight and naked looting of the state’s treasury.
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It maintained that the governor was a prime driver in the Rauf Aregbesola administration which instituted a regime of half salaries which turned payment of workers’ wages and routine government business into a topical issue of discourse.
“Oyetola bears no moral justification dodging responsibility for such wicked acts on our people. We maintain as a party that taking the state to such an altar of disrepute was insensitive, wicked and outrightly irresponsible.
“It is our candid view that Mr. Governor, instead of grieving over the PDP’s chosen style of campaigns, must first accept responsibility for making such a dispatchable business of a responsible government, a center point of political campaigns in the state.
“Had Oyetola and his clueless colleagues in government been alive to their primary tasks in government, nobody would remember to campaign on a premise of salary payment.
“When a government becomes so inept to the point of refusing to offset a backlog of more than 30 months of workers wages, aside unpaid pensions and gratuities to retirees, most of whom are now aged, the PDP cannot but talk about it because such development was not only strange but unimaginable.
“As a party that governed the state for over seven years without a record of default on salary payment to workers, who we regarded as pivotal to sustaining a PAYE driven economy, we were miffed at a strange regime that would not respect simple contractual terms of accruals of workers’ sweat. Hence, the obligated baton of our party, bringing it to the consciousness of what appears like a deaf and dumb APC administration.
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“We want to remind Mr. Governor that Osun State is not one of his personal estates, where he was packaged to have amassed some invisible wealth higher than the economic balance sheet of Osun State. Therefore, lamenting profusely whenever he is called to duty from his sleep, is grossly non gubernatorial and sorely evasive,” the statement read.
“We find it amusing that the Oyetola-led administration has been trying hard to dissociate itself from the ruinous policies and programmes of his former boss, Rauf Aregbesola. Although this is a topic for another day, but such signal to us as a party and to say the least, is an act of unbridled cowardice of an unweaned neophyte, who will definitely turn around to stab the state in the back after feeding him and his family from our common patrimony.
“Mr. Governor has failed as a reliable partner even within his APC house of commotion. Therefore, trusting him further with the seat of governance in the state is akin to murdering the self dignity of the state.
“It is on record that Mr. Oyetola was openly described as the ‘brain box’ of the immediate past administration as Chief of Staff to his leader, which implies that most of the strange policies he is now trying to feign ignorance or run away from were hatched on his table.
“Yes, we are not surprised that Mr.Governor as a ‘Lagos Boy’, is attempting a smart one on us as a people, but he should be bold enough to first take responsibility, apologise and refund all the billions of Naira wasted on those useless policies.
“All the abandoned projects on which several billions of Naira have been wasted while Mr. Oyetola served as COS, a close confidant of his leader, the immediate past governor of the state, must also be accounted for before he begins to feign prudence and probity. Osun is miles ahead of such fraudulent tricks and the earlier he takes this in, the better.
“We want to assure the Oyetola led APC administration in the state that we are not perturbed by the fangs of their threats. We won’t pity their consistent sobbing too. No, we won’t.
“Our main concern as major stakeholders in the affairs of Osun State is that the people bearing the brunt of inept APC administration are bonafide indigenes of the state, who have no other place to call their home. This is unlike Mr. Governor and his spokespersons, who have Lagos as their first home and Osun as a mere market arena where they do their fleecing trades and elope back to base.”
DAILY POST recalls that Oladele Bamiji, the Osun PDP Director of Media and Publicity, had on Wednesday accused the state government of degrading the ethics of good governance and making payment of workers salaries a topic of discourse.