‘YOU ARE A MISCHIEF MAKER’ – APC
The flag bearer of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday, August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun, Otunba Iyiola Omisore has slammed the winner of the election and incumbent governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on the Thursday, November 27, 2014 inauguration of his second term. He described the governor as a wasteful spender whose action is insensitive to the plights of Osun people.
While speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Sunday, November 30, 2014, via his media aide, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the former senator alleged that Aregbesola spent a whooping N700m on the swearing-in ceremony which, according to him, will have adverse effect on the limited resources of the state.
“When we raised the alarm that Aregbesola budgeted N700m for his inauguration, nobody seemed to believe us. But Aregbesola and All Progressive Congress (APC) didn’t challenge us because they knew we were saying the truth.
“In a state where workers are still being owed three months salary, and the governor still went ahead and spent that kind of money on inauguration. Apart from the fact that it was a wasteful spending, it also showed how insensitive his administration is to the plights of the people.”
Speaking on the development concerning Omisore’s struggle to reclaim his acclaimed stolen mandate, he stated, “The struggle to reclaim Omisore and PDP’s stolen mandate is still ongoing. We have not relented because we are sure of victory at the Election Petitions Tribunal based on the bulk of evidence on ground.
“The tribunal is yet to sit and make any pronouncement on the case. We believe any time it sits, Omisore will be declared as duly and democratically elected governor of the state.
“It is never too late because what the law says is that the tribunal must sit and make pronouncement on any election petition before it within a period of 180days, and that has not elapsed. So, we are still waiting. It now depends on when the body will sit and decide on the matter. But all I am sure of is that Aregbesola will be kicked out of Abere after the outcome of the tribunal’s investigation into all the charges against him and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concerning the August 9, 2014 gubernatorial election.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s efforts to get Aregbesola’s reaction hit a brick wall as all the calls put through the mobile phone of his Director, Bureau De Publicity, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon on Sunday, November 30,2014 were unanswered.
We also sent him a text which reads: “Good afternoon, Sir. We would like you to react to Omisore’s claim that His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola spent N700m on his second term inauguration when he is still owing workers three months salary. We will be expecting from you soon. Thank you.” This was not replied till we went to press.
However, an APC chieftain, Mr. Wole Adegbenjo countered Omisore’s allegation. He described it not only unfounded but mischievours
“Every right thinking Osun indigene would certainly know Omisore and his people are lying. Their claim that Aregbesola spent N700m on inauguration is faulty, it can’t be substantiated. They don’t have any evidence against him. Even, where will he get that kind of money? And besides, Aregbesola is an ‘Omoluabi to the core. He is not a prodigal son of the state. Omisore is only looking for a way of causing disaffection between Aregbesola and good people of Osun state, and he can’t succeed”‘
– TADE ASIFAT