APC, Omisore disagree over Osun financial management

Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The ruling All Progressives Congress in Osun State and a former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have disagreed over the management of the state’s resources.

The APC, in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola had been vindicated by the report of a financial expert which ranked Osun State as the second wealthiest state in the country despite the economic recession.

But Omisore had earlier in a statement issued by his media assistant, Dr. Jide Fatokun, said Aregbesola was incompetent in financial management,  alleging that the governor had plunged the state into a huge debt through questionable projects, which he claimed resulted in over one year salary arrears of workers and unpaid pensions.

The APC statement read, “The Peoples Democratic Party leadership in Osun should bury its head in shame henceforth as they have been proved tragically wrong in their vicious criticism of the Aregbesola-led APC government of the state.

“Reason is that the latest assessment of a financial expert in the economic hub of Nigeria, Lagos has shown that as a result of the prudent financial, political and economic management of our leader and government, Osun emerged the second best in 2017, in terms of poverty alleviation and as a consequence, became the second wealthiest among the 36 states of the federation.”

He alleged that the criticism against the financial management of Osun by Omisore, Dr. Jide Fatokun and Otunba Sunday Williams among others was a display of viciousness and ignorance.

But Omisore said the economic reality in the state was not only an indication of incompetence and bankruptcy, but also a reflection of the absolute lack of knowledge of public financing and appropriation process by the governor.

The former deputy governor said, “It remains very sad that after eight years of the Rauf Aregbesola-led APC government in the state, its leadership still whines in its incompetent game of blaming previous administrations, a glaring sign of its inability to respond to the budget issues raised by Omisore and the PDP.

“In seven and a half years, the APC has accrued colossal debts of N416bn, dubious uncompleted projects of over N500bn; N119bn salaries and wages arrears of workers, retirees and pensioners; inflated airport and roads projects.  The state has itself accepted its inability to pay salaries, remained unaccountable for the Paris Club loan refund, yet it has the audacity to present a budget it can neither fund nor execute.

“This is again a bad carpenter blaming his tools; an irresponsible leader shifting blame. Rauf Aregbesola and his team  should respond to the key issues in the 2018 Osun budget. No salaries and his government has accepted its inability to pay.

“This story has not changed in eight years!  Always blaming someone else; this is a sign of ineptitude in leadership. The question is what has Aregbesola/APC done in almost eight years.”

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