THE Chairman of the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Adegboyega Famoodun, on Friday accused the Peoples Democratic Party of harbouring plans to plunder the state.
This was contained in a statement in response to allegations by the PDP wherein it claimed that as many as 90 government official vehicles were missing and that the state government planned to pay elected local government chairmen in the state the sum of N10m each as compensation.
The statement read in part, “We are aware of their game plan. They are preparing the ground for the plundering of the state. They must, however, know that there won’t be room for the plundering of Osun State under any guise by any group of political vampires whose understanding of governance is to fleece the state to its marrow.”
Famoodun, who said the PDP should have carried out a proper investigation before raising allegations, said, “How on earth could the Osun PDP chairman have allowed himself to be linked to the fabricated allegation that Oyetola was trying to pay each of the 30 newly-elected local government council chairmen N10m each amounting to N300m when in actual fact, the number of all the local government council chairmen, including the local council development areas and area offices in Osun State, as of today, is 69?
“Another fallacious lie against Governor Oyetola by the PDP was that ‘the governor had earlier paid severance allowances to the councillors and chairmen when they were less than a month in the office’, when, in actual fact, the contrary was the case. The PDP’s allegation of Governor Oyetola carting away 90 SUVs was diabolic, reckless, preposterous, and absolutely false.
The PDP, in a statement by its Director of Media, Bamiji Oladele, further said information it released to the public on the alleged diversion of funds, amongst others, by the APC administration, originated from public-spirited sources within and outside the service.
The statement read in part, “We issued alerts on last minute contract awards. Our committee, by now, has several records of outrageous awards and even payments in gross violation of due process. The plan to pay off illegally coupled together council chairmen which we leaked to the public has been effected. A first-grade bank was used to transfer N10m each to the chairmen. We have all the records.”