Office Of The Governor’s Budget: PDP Leaders Are Fiscal Illiterates – Osun Govt

The Government of Osun has described as false, baseless and unfounded the allegation of financial malfeasance levelled against the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A statement by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, said PDP had once against demonstrated its skill at deception and uncanny ability to turn white into blue in a bid to discredit the people-oriented government of Aregbesola.

He stated further that the opposition PDP in Osun in company with the party’s governorship aspirants dished out concocted figures that were a mix-bag of lies and half truths containing wildly flawed and incorrect statistics about spending in the Office of the Governor.

According to Fasure, Osun PDP has demonstrated for too long its inherent ability for untruth and deception and so the recent information it purported to disclose to the public was nothing unusual as it is the party’s stock in trade.

PDP had claimed that the Office of the Governor spent N6.3 billion in 2016, among other sundry financial improprieties. Fasure described this alleged financial information as a display of monumental fiscal ignorance to ascribe the Office of the Governor to the person of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

According to Fasure, the dubious press conference by the PDP was therefore a desperate attempt to change the narrative on the soaring popularity of Governor Aregbesola and the APC in contrast to the dwindling fortunes of the PDP in the state and all over the country.

The statement read in part: “We therefore have the following to say on the cacophonic baloney concocted by the PDP on the account of the state.

“The primary source of the information relied upon was the state audited account for 2015 and 2016 that had been publicly presented with fanfare on April 4 this year.

“It is therefore curious how the state’s account transparently presented to the public could be a source from which the opposition will draw allegations of financial impropriety.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Osun is the only state among the six participating states in the State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project that publicly presented its account for three years running. Others are Anambra, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano and Yobe.

“The PDP got its facts wrong by claiming that the Office of the Governor spent N6.3 billion in 2016. It was actually N9.7 billion. N4.8 billion was also expended in 2015, as against N1.2 billion falsely claimed by PDP. But it is a display of monumental fiscal ignorance to ascribe the Office of the Governor to the person of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

“There are 28 agencies under the Office of the Governor. These are: Osun Park and Gardens; Wife of the Governor; Office of Regional Integration; Bureau of Government House and Protocols; Christian Welfare Board; Muslim Welfare Board; Public Procurement Agency; Osun State Sports Council; Office of the Deputy Governor; Public Service Office; Special Project Office; Sustainable Development Goals; O’Jobs; Office of Human Resources; Bureau of Public Service Pension; Office of Economic Development and Partnership; Policy and Economic Team; Office of Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources; Office of Policy Coordination; Bureau of General Services; Osun State Emergency Management Agency; Bureau of Lands; O’Honey; United Nations Development Programme; Osun State Agency for the Control of AIDS; Sustainable Development Goals; and Bureau of Communications and Strategy. These are the agencies which received the budgetary allocation under reference, not the person of the governor.

“A breakdown of the 2016 sum reveals that N648 million was spent on personnel, N2.5 billion on overhead while N4.99 billion was spent on pension, making a total N8.1billion. The balance of N1.56 billion was expended on capital acquisition and other critical expenditures.

“It is ridiculous and the height of mischief to claim that the state government spent N1.8 million on health in 2016. Capital project and project funded on health alone was to the tune of a total sum of N498 million in 2016. Hospital Management Board in 2016 also got N1.5 billion. Capital projects in health were also carried out under Sustainable Development Goals and the Ministry of Health.

“PDP also claimed that the Office of the Governor spent N276 million on ‘infrastructure maintenance’. This is false. The sum was expended on ‘infrastructure acquisition’. There is a world of difference between ‘acquisition’ and ‘maintenance’.

“The state government has had to use huge sums to repay debts. These debts date back to the old Oyo State. Aregbesola’s administration inherited a total of N19.9 billion debt incurred by the previous PDP administration. These debts were owed UBA, Zenith Bank and Sterling Bank. As it is evident to all, the bonds were used efficiently for infrastructure development.

“The state government also took more than N25 billion loan to pay workers salaries and it was in order to avoid cumulating more debts to pay workers salaries that the government adopted the modulated salary structure arrangement.”

Fasure averred that it is sad to behold the display of intellectual ineptitude of PDP which made a mountain out of the molehill and in the process expose itself to ridicule and public opprobrium with the expression of monumental ignorance on simple fiscal matters.

He stated that the PDP leadership, with its governorship aspirants including a professor and a Senator of the Federal Republic, shamefully displayed crass ignorance in its failure to know and distinguish the difference between the Office of the Governor and the person of the governor.

According to Fasure, this faux pas has morally disqualified PDP and its aspirants from occupying any leadership position, having demonstrated their unsuitability to govern the state.

He therefore, alerted the media and the public to be wary of the diabolic intentions of the PDP leadership who are ‘certified confusionists that have perfected the art of lying and public deception.’

 

My Successor Will Be Better Than Me – Aregbesola

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that his successor will be better than him.

Aregbesola will handover to another democratically elected governor on November 27, 2018 after completing the constitutional two terms of four years in office.

Speaking at his interactive session with the media and the public tagged “OgbeniTillDayBreak” on Saturday in Osogbo, Aregbesola said he is not leaving the state but join hands with the next governor to continue with the path of development laid by his administration.

The Governor posited that rather leave the state, he will always be around to offer suggestions on how best government should be run.

He said despite the fact that he has just 200 days more to spend as the chief executive of the state, concerted efforts will be put in place to put finishing touches on his legacy projects.

“I’m not leaving the state of Osun after the expiration of my tenure. My successor will be better than I am. I won’t leave him, I will be behind the scenes offering him support.”

“We have 200 days left in office and we intend to make the best use of the time to further better the lot of the Osun people. We are not done with our plan to further develop Osun. There is still a lot more we want to do.”

The Governor of Osun added that “The reason we borrowed for infrastructural development and not for investment is simple. In a liberal economy like ours, government has no business doing business, the responsibility of government is to provide enabling environment for businesses to thrive.”

Ogbeni Aregbesola also insisted that none of his programmes have failed noting that “None of our programs have failed. It is possible that you do not have the right information.”

The Governor explained that his government did not promise automatic employment into the state civil service for the engaged 40,000 O’YES Youths, but creating a platform for them to be self-reliant and be gainfully employed.

His words “We never promised to employ all 40k participants of OYES. Let us be factual, where would government fix them into. What we promised was to create opportunities for the best of them in government and outside of government which we have continued to do up till today.”

Untold Story Of Diekola’s Defection To PDP

By Solomon Odeniyi

More facts have been unveiled over the real reason for the defection of a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of Osun, Alhaji Fatai Diekola to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Inspite the denial of the state chairman of the PDP, Honourable Soji Adagunodo that every governorship aspirant would be given a level playing ground, a reliable source within the party told OSUN DEFENDER that Diekola defected after the assurance of the party leadership that Senator Ademola Adeleke representing Osun West Senatorial District would secure the party’s ticket.

It would be recalled that the aspirants of the PDP were reported to have recently warned Adagunodo-led executive against conceding the party’s ticket to Adeleke, an allegation that had been severally denied by him.

However, fresh facts have shown that the ticket had been conceded to Adeleke, a situation that has started bringing up fresh acrimony within the party.

At a meeting of the party leadership, with the National Chairman, Uche Secondus in attendance prior to the party’s South West mega rally in Osogbo last weekend, it was gathered that though some leaders were left in the dark over the concession of the ticket to Adeleke, it had been agreed that none of the aspirants would leave the party if they eventually lost the ticket.

The calculation, according to the source is that “Adeleke would be given the ticket, his deputy would be chosen from Osun Central senatorial district, while Alhaji Fatai Akinbade would be given senatorial ticket for the Osun West”.

“The agreement was made because the party leadership sees that it is only Adeleke family that has the capacity to spend money for the retrieval of power from Rauf Aregbesola who has been boasting that the APC will continue to rule after his tenure.

“If not for the fact that such agreement had been reached, I am sure that Diekola would not have decamped because he is only interested in where he can enrich himself. You remember that Diekola was a friend to Chief Bisi Akande, but they became enemy when there was nothing more to eat, the same thing with Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and now Aregbesola”, the source said.

It would be recalled that the former APC chieftain had openly said that he had been with the Adeleke’s family for a long time and was ready to support the family to produce a governor, even after the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, saying he was the one that encouraged the ambition of Ademola Adeleke.

However, the alleged concession of the ticket to Adeleke’s family has started dampening the spirit of the other aspirants who felt they could pull their weight towards getting the PDP ticket, as some of them have been grumbling, a situation that might degenerate to another crisis.

An aide to one of the aspirants who pleaded anonymity said, “if we should give Adeleke the ticket, we have lost that election, because Adeleke is not seeing as a serious person to rule Osun, especially at this critical time.

 

Osun 2018: Ifelodun Federal Constituency Supports APC Continuity

By Nofisat Marindoti

As the governorship election date draws closer in the State of Osun, the people of Ifelodun Boripe Odo-Otin Federal Constituency have given their approval for continued governance of the State by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Residents of the constituency who trooped out to welcome the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on his tour yesterday, also pledged their support to the party.

The party members also lauded the Governor for his several infrastructural achievements, adding that his administration has incredibly transformed the state.

In his address, Ogbeni Aregbesola urged the party members not to be too relaxed but rather mobilize and remind people how the State was before his administration.

Aregbesola said the State only became peaceful after he became the Governor, adding that previous administrations were marred with violence and general unrest in the State.

The Governor also boasted that his infrastructural developments touched every nook and crannies of the State. Though he admitted not doing it all, Aregbesola however posited that the achievements of his administration surpassed the previous ones.

According to him, “The opposition are only unhappy with our achievements because they couldn’t do half of what we have done in seven and half years. They are the only ones to complain about our world class schools, saying we built the schools like hotels.

“What a shame, the purpose of those schools is to make learning and education more attractive to the students, when there is a conducive environment, the students are more likely to enjoy the whole process of learning.

“The main purpose of this meeting with party members is to sensitize ourselves on the need to start working towards the governorship election, we must work towards the party’s continuity in power, we must stand with the party for the continued development of the State.

Akirun Of Ikirun Applauds Aregbesola, Says Party Must Continue

By Nofisat Marindoti 
The Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Abdulrauf Olayiwola Adedeji, has applauded the State Government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for successfully transforming Osun into a better State.
Oba Adedeji noted that things have changed for the better in the State, adding that the ruling party must continue peddling the affairs of the State.
The Traditional Ruler said this while hosting the Governor on his visit to the Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency.
According to him, “To be truthful, the State of Osun has changed kudos to the Ogbeni Aregbesola administration. We are grateful for this change and for this, we say thank you Ogbeni. I applaud the Governor for changing the faces of the State.
“If only it were possible, we would have extended his term, we are pained this is not possible. To us the kings, it is as if Ogbeni should not go, we are happy with him and we want the continuity of the progressive party.
“We don’t want stagnation in the development of the State and we don’t want someone from nowhere to spoil his achievements so we support the progressives. Lagos State is as it is today because the same party has been in power since 1999, we want the same for Osun.”
In his speech, the Party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun stated that the visitation was geared towards checking on party members in the constituency and urging them to start working towards the soon to be conducted Governorship election.

“We Are Solidly Behind You” – Ijebu-Jesa Residents To Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Residents of Ijebu-Jesa in Ijesa North Federal constituency, have assured the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, of their unalloyed support and loyalty.

They made the pledge while hosting the Governor on his tour to the Federal constituency on Monday.

The people who trooped out to welcome the Governor, described him as an exceptional Governor who has worked in the general interest of the State.

From the representative of the Elder’s council to the local government party leader, representative of the woman leader and youth leader, Ogbeni Aregbesola was commended for his people oriented and life changing developmental projects.

The representatives in their separate addresses, also lauded and appreciated Aregbesola for being a peoples’ Governor, adding that he was the first Governor to take care of all party members.

In his speech, Aregbesola urged the party members to start working towards the Governorship election to be held on September 22.

He also implored the party members to be united and work collectively towards retaining the party in power.

According to him, ” This meeting is to sensitize ourselves in readiness for the fast approaching governorship election. Let’s start holding ward meetings, the party starts from the wards and the time has come for us to start mobilising people, we must work towards the party’s continuity.”

Earlier in his speech, the party Chairman in the State, Prince Gboyega Famodun, also emphasized the need for the party members to work towards retaining the party in power, adding that the APC is the only political party which has successfully tendered to the needs of the people through various developmental programmes, both physical and non-physical.

 

 

Elegboro Of Ijebu-Jesa Commends Aregbesola’s Infrastructural Development Strides

… says he has done wonderfully well
By Nofisat Marindoti 
The Elegboro of Ijebu-Ijesa land, Oba Moses Olufemi Agunsoye, has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola, for his various developmental programmes which have transformed the State of Osun into a globally recognized one.
The Monarch said this while playing host to the Governor on his visit to the Ijesa North Federal Constituency.
Oba Agunsoye commended Aregbesola’s commitment to making the State a better place to be, adding that the Governor’s achievements are exceptional and unprecedented.
 He however urged the party leaders to pick the right candidate as the Governor’s successor to ensure the party’s victory at the fast approaching election.
According to him, “When there is continuity, there is improvement and progress, there is total rapid development in Lagos State today because of its party’s continuity. The deaf can hear and the blind can see Aregbesola’s infrastructural development programmes.
 “Do we talk about the latest modern schools, the physical infrastructures? I think State of Osun started the O’Meal programme and it being copied all over the country now. The State also introduced calisthenics sport among others.
 “It is also Aregbesola’s administration that introduced the parliamentary system of government which is by far the most cost saving government system. I commend the Governor’s efforts, he has done wonderfully well.”
 In his speech, Governor Aregbesola also appreciated the Monarch and the entire constituency for their continued support for the party.
 He noted that the purpose of the visit to the Federal constituency was urge party members to start working to ensure the party’s victory at the polls.
 Aregbesola, who listed the achievements of his administration, added that no administration before his had achieved half of what his government has achieved.
 “The purpose of the visit is to sensitize party members towards working to keep the party in power. We appreciate the constituency for its continued support for the party and we seek the Monarchs prayer for victory at the polls.
“If APC remains in power for just eight more years, Osun will be better for it. Within the last seven and half years, our government has spent nothing less than 30 billion in direct investment programmes, talk of O’YES, O’MEAL, support for farmers, giving to the elders, drugs in the hospitals, O’Ambulance, no government has spent half of this in Osun before.
 “We have also not spent less than 30 billion on physical investment, this is all because our party wants the best for the people, the other parties are only after their selfish interests.”he added.
Here are photos from the interactive session:

Imbroglio In PDP, Ede: Fresh Tussle Looms Over Adeleke’s Ambition

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Indications have emerged that the interest of the Adeleke’s family to put Senator Ademola Adeleke, representing Osun West Senatorial District forward in the governorship race might pitch the politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction who are indigenes of Edeland against themselves and on the long run create a fresh bad blood within the PDP.

A source within the town said that the interest of Adeleke has started clashing with that of the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello,  as the supporters of the latter believed that it was a display of greediness to put the senator forward again for the governorship race.

One of the supporters of Bello who pleaded anonymity told OSUN DEFENDER that though, Adeleke’s family has impacted positively on Edeland, but what they had got in return were far more than what they had offered, saying, “Is it the Adeleke’s family alone that we have in Ede”.

“For instance, the father of the present Adeleke’s was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke was a governor in this state and he later came back to become a senator for two terms.

“After the demise of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, his younger brother, Senator Ademola Adeleke took over and nobody quarrel with that because his election served as compensation to the family for the death of the late senator.

“While we are not denying the fact that the family has done so well and that the senator has the constitutional right to contest, it must be noted that not only Adeleke family has done well for Edeland, there are individuals like Adejare Bello and so many others, as well as groups who have done the same.

“When Ademola Adeleke was contesting for the seat he currently occupies, Bello and many other prominent individuals of Ede supported him, and it will now be high level of greediness to see that the senator is coming up with another ambition”, the source stressed.

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that it was recently alleged that the state PDP Chairman, Honourable Soji Adagunodo has endorsed the candidature of Adeleke for the governorship race, and the state chairman has subsequently denied the allegation, saying, all the aspirants would be given a level playing ground at the primaries.

But inspite the denial of the party chairman, loyalists of some of the aspirants have insisted that the party chairman’s body language shows that he is still rooting for Adeleke, as the Adeleke family is seeing to have the financial capacity to prosecute the election.

It was gathered that it was based on the assurance of the chairman and the handwriting on the wall that prompted the defection of a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Fatai Diekola’s defection to the PDP.

Justice Prevails As Man Who Burnt Lover To Death Is Jailed

The High Court in Johannesburg has found Sandile Mantsoe guilty of killing his former girlfriend, Karabo Mokoena, 22 last year.

Recall that he was accused of burning Mokoena and dumping the body in Lyndhurst.

In a statement read out in court previously, Mantsoe claimed Mokoena used to beat him up and that she became angry and depressed after she was raped by the friend of a former lover.

He also alleged that Mokoena used to cut herself and that her sister had witnessed this.

Mantsoe who according to reports in a married father of three, had reportedly been in a romantic relationship with Mokoena since October 2016. It is believed that he and his wife were estranged.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Judge Peet Johnson found that the State managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he had murdered Mokoena and burnt her body to try and destroy the evidence.

“That the deceased did not have a tendency to commit suicide, did not attempt it, did not commit it and that the accused killed her.”

The judge also found Mantsoe guilty of defeating the ends of justice and of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Breaking: Aregbesola Approves Promotion, Confirmation, Conversion of Workers

In furtherance of his commitment to providing good welfare package for the workers in the state of Osun civil service, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved confirmation, promotion and conversion of the workers for their career progression.
The approval is in honour of the agreement reached with the Labour Unions in the state on December 30, 2017.
Besides the approval of the promotion, conversion and confirmation of the workers, Aregbesola had paid full salary for the month of December last year, have been paying leave bonuses and gratuity and pension for the retires on both the old and Contributory Pension Scheme as agreed.
According to the Head of Service in the state, Dr Festus Oyebade, all embargo placed on establishments matters such as conversion, advancement, promotion and confirmation have been lifted as approved by Aregbesola.
Oyebade in a circular referenced SMD 304/11 and dated May 2, a copy of which was made available to our Correspondent on Thursday, explained that the embargo was placed then as a result of the harsh economic situation of the country which resulted to financial quagmire for the state.
He added that the ban was to manage the meager financial resources of the state and as well reduce the severe effect of the economic recession as at then on the state.
The circular reads: “In a demonstration of his workers-friendly disposition which has been the hallmark of his administration since November 2010, through various unprecedented welfare packages for workers, Governor
Aregbesola in his May Day Speech, graciously pronounced immediate lifting of the embargo on promotion and career progression of the workers across the state.
“Consequently, workers will now be confirmed, converted, promoted and moved to the next level as at when due. It should be noted that such confirmation, conversion and promotion have nominal effects only while the approval excludes multiple advancement from junior to senior cadres.
“Appropriate agencies of the state government namely; Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, Teachers Establishments and Pension Office, Tertiary Institutions and others are hereby requested to swing into action by putting necessary machinery in motion towards the implementation of the directive of Mr Governor.”

Timi of Ede, Residents Eulogize Aregbesola 

… pledge their undiluted support
By Nofisat Marindoti 
The Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal as well as the residents of the town, have pledged their support to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which they tagged the best administration so far in the State of Osun.
The residents who trooped out en masse to welcome the Governor during his visit to the Ede Federal Constituency on Wednesday, described Aregbesola as the Peoples’ Governor who has done well.
They also thanked and appreciated the Governor for the various infrastructural development in the constituency, adding that they are strongly behind him.
In his speech, Aregbesola reaffirmed his determination to conform to the ethics and principles of democracy as practiced in advanced nations of the world and in tandem with the constitution of his party, All progressives congress APC to conduct a free, fair, transparent and credible primary to elect the party`s candidate ahead of the September 22 gubernatorial election.
This was in response to several calls made by some speakers at the event pleading with him to use his good office to ensure the APC flag bearer emerges from the Osun West Senatorial district.
Aregbesola noted that the party will conduct primaries for all the aspirants but what is more important is for the party to retain the seat of power, irrespective of the zone from which such candidate emerges from, so that the visionary development of his administration can be sustained and improved upon.
He charged all members of the party to return to their local communities, wards and polling booths to mobilize and convince the electorates with the many achievements of his government, with the assurance that there is an assured future for prosperity if an APC candidate succeeds him in office.
“Let’s stand with the party in respective of the candidate, it is the continuity of the party we want. Lagos State is progressing today because of the same party’s continuity. If we want to continue moving forward, our party must remain in power, it is the continuity that matters, let’s start working towards that continuity.”he added.