A businessman and philanthropist, Engr. Kehinde Raji, popularly known as Aaraj has called on residents of the state to disregard insinuations that he has been commissioned to destabilise the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the State of Osun ahead of the 2022 governorship election in the state.
In a statement on Monday, Engr Raji said the rumour which alleged he had received a huge amount from the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as well as working for the People’s Democratic Party PDP in Osun is an attempt to politicise his philanthropic gestures.
Noting that he had either received monies or contracts from politicians of Osun extraction, the CEO of Aaraj Construction Company said his gestures are all hinged to advance the course of humanity.
His words, “My attention has been drawn to vicious insinuations making the rounds in the state, some elements in the political circles attempt to politicise my philanthropic gesture and perniciously alleged that I had received huge amount of money from the former governor Of Osun state and Hon. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to destabilise Osun APC for the purposes of Osun 2022 governorship election,from another account, my detractors say I’m working for Osun PDP.
“I have no dog in the fight between the camps of Governor Gboyega Oyetola and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. I had always told people who curiously asked about my interest in Osun politics that I am not a politician, I’m a businessman. My philanthropic gesture is for everyone who is genuinely in dire straits irrespective of political persuasions.
“It’s uncharitable and deeply hurting to rumour that I had received money from Abuja to destabilise Osun APC. This is patently false and politically wicked. For the record, I have not received a dime in cash or contract from any politician within and outside Osun state. I work very hard for my money and I enjoy His grace. Please stop the blackmail!
“They said Aaraj is working for Osun PDP. This is no news. It was a terrible and dubious charge invented in 2018 against me. Whatever is the motivation of the elements behind this charge, I leave them to God. In the words of Uthman Dan Fodio: “Conscience is an open wound…”but all my doors is opened to any political party who VALUES me but certainly not for any political office for now,” Engr Raji continued.
He pledged to remain focused to alleviate poverty by supporting the less privileged in the society.
“The simple truth is that every act of kindness is significant, It is not the amount that matters, but the very thought itself, that gesture that reminds us of our collective humanity, I will not stop! Go to Isale Osun where I hail from, see poverty written all over majority of my people, I can’t eradicate it but we shall together alleviate it in Jesus Mighty Name.”