SEQUEL to the confusion caused by the celebration of the embattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola over the rejection of the call-log application by the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, the state Action Congress (AC) governorship torchbearer, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has returned the salvo to the camp of the governor, saying that the celebration has given away the embattled state helmsman as an interloper.
Speaking to newsmen in Ilesa shortly after his observation of Jumat service at Ilesa Central Mosque, Ereja Square, Ilesa, Osun State on Friday, the political maestro who was a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos State told the Okuku-born Prince to open his eyes to the reality on ground, saying that upon usurping the power, Oyinlola has not found legitimacy to justify it.
“I do not know whether you (pressmen) have observed it that each time I mark my presence in any part of the state, there is always a positive uproarious from the people. That is to tell you that one can steal a mandate, but no one can steal legitimacy, and that is what is happening”, Aregbesola said.
Reacting on the rejection of the call-log evidence at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, Aregbesola said that the decision of the court to reject the motion did not have any bearing effect on the avalanche of evidences at the court, saying that the call-log was not in anyway germane to the merit of the petition presented before the court.
“I was told that Oyinlola and his ignorant supporters were celebrating the rejection of the call-log, but I must tell our people in Osun State that it was a celebration of dubious victory, which has no life span to stand the test of time,” Aregbesola asserted.
According to him: “Let the interloper and his rented crowds know that they were only celebrating a dead meat, a dubious victory, which has no effect on our struggle to liberate our people from bad government, and I am very optimistic about our case at the appeal court.
Speaking on the new-found relationship between the AC presidential candidate, the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and his estranged boss, General Olusegun Obasanjo (retired) which was said to have been facilitated by Oyinlola, Aregbesola maintained that it was a mission to no-where.
The colourful politician said that he would borrow a leaf from Williams Shakespeare, who says that “life is a tale told by a fool, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”, maintaining that the new-found relationship is a tale that has no bearing.
Speaking on the effect of economic meltdown on Osun State, the Ijesa-born governorship candidate said that the case of Osun State as touching the crisis was unfortunate at a time, according to him, when an interloper was ruling, noting that the budget for 2009 fiscal year has further exposed the ignorance of the people at the corridor of power as touching governance.
“I have flipped through the budget break-down and I can tell you that the governor has not disappointed us as an interloper by that budget because, the content has shown me that the people at the corridor of power ought to present themselves for psychological test, because what I saw there were eyesore, visionless and focusless, and I promise to appraise the budget in due time to show our people that the usurper has prepared a death-knell for the state,” Aregbesola reiterated.
X-raying the budget further, the AC torchbearer said that a responsible government, facing the reality of economic recession ought to have resorted to the submission of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo on the introduction of Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) in 1983.
Aregbesola said: “Awolowo wanted a responsible and responsive government to project 70 per cent for the capital expenditure and 30 per cent for the recurrent expenditure in order to cushion the effect of a sharp economic crisis, but the case is opposite in Osun, as misapplication of funds on a French Polytechnic which has no effect on the lives of the people”.
Aregbesola wondered why the government chose to invest in a French-oriented Polytechnic at the rate of one billion naira, when the capital and recurrent expenditure of all higher institutions of learning combined could not match the fund, saying that the governor should endeavour to tell the people about the benefit of the French Polytechnic over the people-oriented projects that are begging for attention.
According to him: “Awolowo wanted a responsible government to redouble efforts during an economic crisis by investing 70 per cent over a capital expenditure and 30 per cent on the recurrent expenditure in order to cushion the effect of austerity, but the government of Oyinlola has settled for a French-oriented polytechnic over pro-people project”.
Carpeting Oyinlola’s administration for squandering the state funds accumulated into the state from the federal allocation and oil wind-fall in the past, he reiterated that the spentthrift action of the governor has started taken toll on the people of the state.
“This government appears to have gone mad completely. People are suffering, and the government is busy distributing cars to the politicians and their wives; there is mass unemployment, and the government is budgeting one billion naira for a French-oriented polytechnic. Please, can you draw inferences from the contrast above?” Aregbesola puzzled.
The AC governorship candidate assured the people of the state that their suffering in the hands of “the minimalist administration of Oyinlola shall not be in vain”, as they would have a cause to smile soonest.
By OUR REPORTERS