PDP has advised Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to sell the helicopter purchased for security surveillance and stop ‘wasteful spending’ in order to raise money so as to pay salaries of workers in the state.
Mr. Diran Odeyemi, who is the Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State,
gave this advice in a statement made available to PUNCH correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday.
The statement read, “The PDP is urging the
government to sell the helicopter Governor
Aregbesola said was procured for the state. He
should also stop frivolous trips to Cuba.
“What this administration told us was that the
helicopter was to be used for surveillance, but
we have since discovered that the machine is
only serving the travelling needs of Mr. Aregbesola and his family. This remains one draining pipe that must be blocked.
“The governor and his aides should also forthwith stop travelling in chartered aircraft around the world. If President Muhammadu Buhari could be travelling on British Airways, even when aircrafts in presidential fleet are available, there is the need for Governor Aregbesola to borrow a leaf.”
The opposition party also accused the governor
of wasting the state’s resources on politics and
arming of a group of youth he called “State
The PDP called on the newly elected members of
the Osun State House of Assembly not to turn
themselves to rubber stamp of the executive arm
of the government. According to the party, the people of the state now place their hope on the lawmakers to check the ‘excesses of the governor’ in the interest of the masses.
The statement read further, “The whole world is
aware of the fact that former Ekiti lawmakers
were heavily bribed on the bill of Osun State for
several months, where they mapped out
strategies on how to impeach Governor Fayose.
“It is also fresh in minds the huge amount
Ogbeni Aregbesola expended on the last Ekiti
State governorship poll, Lagos State
governorship poll and the Presidential project of
the All Progressive Congress.
“Also, a group of miscreants called “State Boys”
are being illegally armed and financed by the
government to unleash terror on many indigenes
of the state by the ruling party.
“All these actions and many others wasteful
spending led us to where we are now, which if
they could be reversed, could bring financial
reserves to the state.
“But if Ogbeni Aregbesola will not treat this
advice with disdain, and henceforth, begin to act
as the governor of all, we believe at least he will
be able to pay few months of the backlog of
salaries owed workers and retirees.”
However, the governor described the suggestions
and allegations from the opposition party as
Speaking through a statement issued by his
media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola
said the PDP was just seeking cheap publicity
with their suggestions and spurious allegations.
The statement read, “The suggestion shows
clearly how degenerate the PDP has become in
the thinking process of its leaders to have come
up with the selling of a mere helicopter in order
to pay salaries.
“It is disheartening this is how degenerate the
PDP has become in their thinking process. They
screamed ignorantly about two years ago that
Osun procured a helicopter with a sum of N8bn.
We had asked them to find out the cost of a
Boeing plane, let alone a helicopter which was
only leased and it was to beef up the Osun Swift
Action Squad (SAS) for its aerial surveillance.
This was clear to all in the state that the
helicopter was procured as part of the Rauf
Aregbesola administration’s comprehensive
security measures to drive criminals far away
from the state.
“For the PDP in its narrow and pedestrian
thinking to tell us to sell the helicopter is a sign
of intellectual laziness. The allegations that
Aregbesola uses the helicopter for his personal
use lack any evidence.
“It is obvious that the PDP, after it has reached
its final bus stop of defeat rigmarole, as typified
by the Supreme Court decision of May 27, is
merely looking for something to keep it relevant.
“But come to think of it! What could be relevant
in a party that never had any touch with the
people? What could be relevant in a party that
cannot even organise itself to give credible and
virile opposition? It is therefore certain that
allegations, such as Aregbesola financing Lagos,
Ekiti and Muhammadu Buhari’s elections are not
only laughable; they demonstrate the fact that
the PDP cannot even be rescued from its self-
inflicted tragedy. It is a party eternally rejected.”
“This certainly cannot be the path to go if its
intention is to be an opposition party. An
opposition party that will help the people to
know what the people want.
“The people of Osun need adequate security
which PDP failed to provide throughout Nigeria
in its 16 years of misrule. The People of Osun
require good governance which the PDP could
not give them. I therefore advise that shameful
lies such as those Odeyemi cooked up again and
threw to the media would not help the party.
They would help sink it deeper.”