FRAUD: Untold Story Of N16m Project Scam In Boripe LG

If anti-graft agencies are searching for a candidate, then the chairman, Boripe Local Government Council Area, Osun State, Mr. Bimbo Abimbola Oyedele is a potential one going by magnitude of the fraud allegedly recorded in the street light project that was awarded in June this year.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the council in its schedule of work, approved N16,247, 798.90 as a special vote for street lighting with an extension of three phase electricity to 11 wards in the council area.

The council area is comprised of Ada, Ororuwo, Aagba and other towns including Iragbiji, the council headquarters town, Iree, the polytechnic town, and other villages.

According to a reliable source within the council secretariat, the street light project was awarded not to beautify the night life of the towns and communities in the council area, but as a conduit pipe linking to some private bank accounts.

According to some documents at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER, N11,373, 456.23 was first released as mobilization fee and the second trench, also a balance of N4,874,342.67 was released on 8 June 2008.

On the spot assessment conducted by our reporter in Iree, Ada, Iragbiji showed that the huge fund might have found its way into some private pockets as political patronages.

At Iree, the host community to the Osun State polytechnic, some street lights were erected but not by the council, as some of the indigenes, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER maintained that those street light poles were erected by the Iree Progressive Union (IPU).

Ada and Iragbiji wear the same look in term of absence of the street lights in the night, despite the fact that funds have been earnmarked for it.

It was learnt from a reliable source that some traditional rulers and PDP chieftains from the council area benefited from the scam, as one of the beneficiaries has reportedly bought a car and a bus for the traditional ruler of his home town, out of his own share.

All efforts to get in touch with the council boss on the issue proved abortive, as none of his phone numbers given to our reporter sailed through.

Save Us From Rapists, LAUTECH Students Beg Management

Female students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State have called on the school management to rescue them from the constant scourges of rape and armed robbery unleashed on them by students of the university.

Many of the students who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER disclosed that though they are not victims, many girls have deserted the school, abandoned the academic careers to get away from the stigma of rape..

Jimoh Ronke told our reporter that in her four to five months stay in the school, about five incidents of rapes have occurred with most of them, taking place in the hostels, closest to the school campus.

A source close to the newly commissioned Students Union Government (SUG) building disclosed to OSUN DEFENDER that most of the atrocities were committed by male students of the school, adding that they specifically target students who are new on campus.

He stated that most times, intention of the criminally minded students was to rob their victims of their money, but when they discovered that the girls are helpless, they forcefully raped them.

The source disclosed further that hostels like ‘Emirald’, ‘Adenike’ and ‘Area G’ are some of the buildings that are usually attacked by the criminal students, due to their distance from town and are mostly dominated by girls.

He revealed that the act is not perpetrated by indigenes of the town, adding that hostels that are close to areas where indigenes reside are very secured from such attacks.

According to the source, student that are returning from night classes always fall victims of being raped or robbed of their handsets and other valuables. He added that a particular male student was robbed of his handset during the day with the school security men on guard.

“The school management does not bother itself with the welfare of the students despite the huge amounts of money they collect from the students. They count whatever happen to students, especially outside the school campus as none of their businesses.

“There is a particular girl (name withheld) from Osogbo that had to abandon her academics because she was raped as could not stand the humiliation. What would be the gain of her parents, and if the university management choses to be unconcerned, how many students would have to leave the school,” he queried.

Last week, OSUN DEFENDER stumbled on a girl that ran into an hostel naked, pleading that she should given cloth to cover her body. She told her host that about three boys blocked her way and forcefully removed her cloth, adding that she hit the one trying to rape her on the lower part of his abdomen while the other two were on guard to stop passers-by from any rescue mission.

The lucky girl later left for her parents home in Ibadan, and whether she would return to the school or not is not clear as at the time of filing this report.

Efforts to get to the SUG president popularly called ‘legacy’ proved abortive as students at the SUG building disclosed that he might be at the Sabo area of the town, drinking.

Aramide Isa a 400 level student of computer science disclosed that the SUG is also guilty of the crime, adding that it is difficult for the students executive to tackle the social malaise.

He noted that only the school management is capable of taking care of the students welfare, in and out of campus, but regretted that the management does not bother about the whole problem at all.

Shun Drug Abuse -Nigerians Urged

Members of the public have been cautioned against the practice of indiscriminate use of drugs. This advise was given recently by the Director of Medical Services in Osun State Hospital Management Board and Chairman of the State Drug Abuse Control Committee, Dr. Bosun Awoyemi, at a rally organized by his committee to sensitize the public to the dangers of drug abuse.

According to Awoyemi, problems like destruction of kidneys, abnormal resistance to medical treatments and premature deaths are some of the danger inherent in the indiscriminate use of drugs abuse.

He stated further that self medication, especially by female teenagers to terminate unwanted pregnancy is another course of untimely death.

Awoyemi warned that it was high time all stake holders joined the campaign against the illegal act.

He disclosed that earlier in the year, the state was ranked among the highest vulnerable states to drug abuse in the country by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

“The NDLEA has been up and doing in its fight against drug peddles across the country”, adding that it is the duty of every one in the state to tackle the social malaise.

It would be recalled that the NDLEA recently swooped on Indian hemp farmers in Ada, a town in Boripe local government area.

He stated further that indiscriminate consumption of drugs, self medication and unlicensed drug dispense have degenerating effect on the life expectance of youths and the nation’s work productivity.

Facts Behind Compromise Of Osun Police Command

Osun State Police Command’s level of rottenness, gross indiscipline and less on integrity, has turned the police institution in the state into an object of manipulation in the hands of politicians, as findings have grossly indicted the force’s leadership in some cases that border on the fundamental rights of the citizens of the state.

According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER in conjunction with one Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Committee for Good Governance (CGG), despite the fact that most men in the state command are dutiful, the leadership has not only sold out, but has also cultivated the habit of pushing men and officers to carry out hatchet job for politicians.

Findings showed that the disgraceful acts of some officers who have constituted themselves into a cult within the state police command, that has brazenly been abusing human rights and doing dirty jobs for the unscrupulous politicians in the state, it could be traced to the power from the above.

Investigations also showed that the State Security Service (SSS) under the watch of the erstwhile director, Mrs. Mary Ombu was cleverly dragged into compromise, before the service redeployed her and warned her successor against partisanship of the service.

While the SSS has since maintained its integrity, having smarted from indignity, accidental discharge of Ombu, the state police command under the watch of Commissioner John Moronike has fallen so badly below the line.

Findings further revealed that when the Kwara State born police commissioner was newly transferred to Osun State, after a big mess-up of his predecessor, Mr. Suleimon Fakai, he (Moronike) was more determined to save himself from the partisan posture of the police impression by Fakai.

Employing his gentle mien and honeymoon of a new posting, the incumbent police boss in the state invited all the political stakeholders to a meeting, intimating them about his plan to adhere strictly to the rule of law and professionalism.

It was learnt that the political parties’ leaders poured out their minds, and expressed confidence in the new state super cop, promising to give him unalloyed support.

However, Moronike failed the first litmus test, when some big guns of the embattled ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state reportedly started dangling carrot of different sizes and aroma before him.

It was gathered that the police commissioner mistook the ‘Greek-gift for appreciation, unknown to him that politicians have a way of luring stubborn police officers, and by the time the establishment reportedly brought him into a grand plan to equip the state command, unsuspecting that the implied import was to call his tune and tie his apron to the strings of Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the embattled state governor, Moronike’s flank had completely blown open.

Realizing that Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) notoriety had been exposed to the world by the members of the opposition through media reports, the establishment, tasked the state police boss to create another notorious squad that could help the PDP gladiators do their dirty jobs.

Necked-deep in the power brokers’ trap, Moronike could not resist the demand for the creation of Eagle squad, according to the findings, to violate human rights and humanity.

Meanwhile, the officer in-charge of operations in the state command is another police chief that wields power of life and death, and the political gladiators in government and the ruling party would always fall over one another to serve his meal, OSUN DEFENDER leant.

Information has it that he is so cooperative with the politicians in power that, when he was once transferred, several millions of naira went into lobby to bring him back to the state.

Though his closet is closely guarded from the eagle eye of the press, it is understandable that he is in the know of the repression of the opposition in the State.

Investigation also indicated that SARS is another dreaded machine in the state command, with the SARS men more interested in domestic political issues, than facing the men of underworld.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that at the Eagle Squad, an average bank would be made to green with envy, as money for bail depends on the level of crime and hour of arrest.

It was also gathered that spending a day at the dreaded Squad’s detention, is like spending eternity in hell, as cutlasses, fist gun butts and other dangerous objects are freely used on the naked body of a suspect.

Information also has it that another police officer who has fed fat on the police hatchet job for the politicians is one Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state police command.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the skinning police officer has won his relevance through the controversial Osogbo explosion saga, a scenario that has reportedly fetched the Kogi State born police officer, a house in his state and posh cars from his paymasters.

Opposition Leaders, Activists Marked For Illegal Arrest In Osun

Worried about the growing popularity of the Action Congress (AC) Governorship candidate
in the last April 14 2007 election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, facts have now emerged that the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now strategizing on how to render the AC flagbearer politically irrelevant in the state.

Information made available to OSUN DEFENDER revealed that the state wing of the PDP has been holding series of meetings on how to silence the AC flagbearer finally and make impossible for him to participate in any other future elections in the state.

A source disclosed that at one of the meetings that had the Governor and the chairman of the party in the state Prince Ademola Rasaq, in attendance, the issue of Aregbesola’s growing popularity was raised.

Lamenting on the issue. one of the PDP chieftains stated that despite all their antics to destroy Aregbesola’s ambition of becoming the governor in the state, he has remained undaunted growing from strength to strength.

The consesus of the opinions at the meeting was therefore that Aregbesola and his party be caged realising that the party has being the major opposition party to the government.

It was reliably gathered that the PDP chieftains pleaded Oyinlola to lead the battle against the opposition, believing that he is the only one that can manipulate the government machinery in the state to do and undo.

OSUN DEFENDER was also informed that the recent arrest of the two AC leaders, Mr. Layi Oyeduntan, Ex-Commissioner for Health and the state AC Director of Research and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere was part of the concluded arrangement at the meeting to silence the opposition leaders on trumped-up charges.

Findings also revealed that the two AC chieftains only topped the list of those to be arrested, as plans are underway to release their onslaught on other leaders of the party both at the state and local levels, over forged allegations like breach of peace and public disturbance.

It was also stated that some people have been given a contract to remove all Aregbesola’s bill-boards throughout the state so as to deceive the masses into bellieving that that Aregbesola is no more interested in the Governorship race.

It was gathered that while the Oyinlola is awaiting the ruling of the Appeal Court over the last April 14 2007 election, members of his PDP were looking forward to the 2011 polls.

Many of the party members interested in the future elections were reported to have put pressure on Oyinlola to take quick and immediate action, as it appears he is only concerned (Oyinlola) about the ruling the appellate court.

An impeccable source also revealed that some activists and leaders of some civil liberty groups, have been slated for arrest as is government is believed to have declared total war against opposition in the state.

Rewarding Brigandage

That Osun State is a theatre of terror and violence is no longer news. That there is also an imbalance of terror that swings precariously to the side of the state is a platitude. As events before, during and after the April 14 2007 ill-fated gubernatorial elections have shown, all manner of psychopathic vagabonds have attained unbelievable prominence in the corridors of the Osun State power apparatus.

It would be recalled that a year to the elections, at around may 2005 along an Ilesa main road, notorious Wale Oni, whilst in a state of reckless inebriation, in the company of four other vagabonds of his ilk, riding in a Toyota Tercel station wagon branded with posters of General Oyinlola and his deputy, Erelu Obada, left their own side of the road and smashed almost head-long into the vehicle belonging to a Lagos lawyer and friend of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, who, even at that time had been marked as a potential instrument for the dislodgement of the evil government in place in Osun State.

Wale and his gang had been running from a scene where they vandalised the Toyota bus which conveyed friends and associates of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola to mark his birthday at Ilesa.

The crude and garrulous demeanour of these miscreants in whose wrecked car was found charms, machetes and some weed, was not out of character for anyone familiar with the Osun State PDP . What will continue to amaze all those who witnessed this ugly incidence was the alacrity and braggadocio displayed by the culprit, Wale Oni, as he boasted in the presence of the police officers at Ijamo Police Station, Ilesa that his invitation for questioning was futile as Erelu Obada would sort him out.

The week to the 2007 gubernatorial elections, Wale Oni leading a band of PDP thugs unleashed mayhem on opposition AC candidates in several attacks at Ilesa which left a mobile policeman dead, and the communication equipment mounted upon a campaign vehicle of the opposition AC candidate for a public office in mid-town Ilesha severely damaged

A few days before the April 14 elections, unknown gunmen launched a vicious assault on Ayinke House, Osogbo headquarters of Oranmiyan Movement, in which the editor of OSUN DEFENDER, Kola Olabisi narrowly escaped death. The central character fingered in this heinous act was a PDP stalwart who fraudulently parades himself as an American-trained medical doctor.

Oroki Day 2006, Osogbo is an unforgettable day in history. That was the day AC gubernatorial candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola missed death by the whiskers when thugs and policemen in uniform opened a staccato of gun fire upon his black vehicle as he hurriedly departed from that hostile environment. In the wake of his departure and that of all his supporters who were chased out of the venue, a Toyota lite-ace branded with Oranmiyan could not be driven out by its terror-stricken driver who had fled for dear life.

Footages of the incident telecast on several TV stations showed a hefty woman standing in authoritative akimbo, while supervising the vandalism of the Oranmiyan lite ace vehicle. That woman is none other than Mrs Sade Abon.

In Oyinlola’s Osun State, it is impossible not to be noticed if you have such capacity to dispense maximum violence as persons mentioned above.

Wale Oni’s propensity for bestial violence is well appreciated in high places. He is now the PDP Chairman for Ilesa East. As for the Amazon of violence, Mrs. Abon whose imposing physique dominated the footage of the Oroki Day saga, she has been rewarded with membership of Osun State Women’s Empowerment Board

Perhaps, the most embarrassing of all of Oyinlola’s appointments is that of an Osogbo Islamic cleric, Mallam Lere Yusuf whose house was reportedly used as armoury before and during the gubernatorial elections 2007. He has bagged a position in the governing Board of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa- Oke.

The point must be made here that political leaders need to exercise visionary caution in dispensing patronage and positions, more so, with regards to the governing board of learning institutions. Proven track record as an intellectual or educationist. Or as an eminent citizen of impeccable moral credentials should always form the criteria for selection. Children especially adolescents, are very impressionable. They readily emulate and boast of their Parents, next their teacher, and then, the school they attend.

And if these do not suffice, they would flaunt the name and credentials of one or two members of the governing board of their school.

By appointing such a character as Mallam Lere to participate in governing the affairs of a school, Oyinlola has demonstrated utter disregard for the principle of appropriate mentoring,

The students of that school have, due to no making of theirs, become victims of lopsided role modeling

It is perhaps, too late to advise ‘the guv’ to reverse these appointments as time is running out for his evil regime as they count the days the people of Osun State can rest assured that such people as Sade Abon and Wale Oni, and even Mallam Lere shall be consigned to the dung heap of history.

• This piece, first published in the Monday August 18 2008 is repeated due to public demand.

LP, Ondo Govt. Lock Horns Over Car Loans

Labour Party (LP) Ondo State Chapter and the state government have stated another quarrel over the allegation that Dr. Segun Mimiko and his aides, while in government failed to refund the car loans they obtained.

Mimiko who was the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Agagu’s first term, however, has denied the allegation.

He said he had fully repaid the loan, adding that non of his aides were indebted to the government.

Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) publicity secretary in the state, Chief Yemi Adedipe in a press release in Akure, urged Mimiko to ask his aids to refund the loans.

The release said it was amazing that Mimiko was defending himself rather than calling his aids to repay the loans, about three years after leaving office.

Those listed by Adedipe as defaulters include; LP’s Director of Press, Mr. Kola Olabisi; Publicity secretary, Mr. Ranti Akerele; Mrs. Cecilia Fayose and Mimiko’s special Assistant, Pius Osunyikanmi.

LP’s Guber candidate had last week engaged Agagu over an allegation that he was yet to repay a N3.5million car loan.

He alleged Agagu of playing to the gallery, saying that he had a receipt to show that he had repaid the loan.

Mimiko advised Agagu to face his case at the Appeal court instead of engaging him.

LP’s press secretary, Kola Olabisi demanded an apology from the state government for lying against Mimiko.

Olabisi gave the state government 14 days ultimatums or else he would institute a libel suit against it.

He adds: “If anybody owes, it is Agagu who has refused to pay severance allowances to all those he is now trying to denigrate following his loss at the Election Petition Tribunal which mollified his election at the April 14, 2007 governorship election.

“While not trying to dignify Adedipe with a response, there is the need to put the records straight. This spurious allegation is baseless, untrue and another fly-in-the-ointment tactic.

“For three harrowing years when some of us served his administration, what Agagu gave with the right hand as car loans, he took back via huge monthly deductions.

“So huge were these deductions by Agagu in his bid to retrieve his loans back that a whole commissioner then took home less than N8,000 monthly while special assistants and other aides got less than N4,000 as monthly take-home.

Agagu has taken his loans back and if anybody owes, it is Agagu because the law is settled that once a political office holder spends more than two years in office and he is not sacked, he qualifies for severance allowance.

“Besides, most of us left voluntarily and our letters of registration were accepted with thanks. Did Agagu pay those who served under his predecessor, Chief Adebayo Adefarati, not to talk of those who served him and later resigned for better opportunities? So who owes whom? This is the question Agagu must answer and not denigrate us.

“Let him go to court if he feels we owe him and he will meet us there”.

Need For A Refined CP In Osun

Kindly permit me a space to air my views on happenings in Osun State concerning the activities of men of the police force but first let me commend your team’s effort at ensuring that the people are well informed.

These days, I wonder whether there is still a commissioner of police in the state.

Last month, the police in Ede arrested a woman accused of stealing in her friend’s house and instead of taking her to court for prosecution, the mother of a new-born baby was allegedly killed by the police.

Up till now, nothing has been heard concerning the perpetrators of the acts.

Two weeks ago, the police in Osogbo, at Ata-Oja Police Station detained a mechanic that went to their station to report his stolen tools. The police denied him bail, when his relations visited their station, only for them to turn around later in the day and informed his relatives that he had hanged himself in their cell.

During the week, men of the Eagle Squad of the in the state invaded Gbongan town in a manner that reflected the police as lawbreaking agents rather than law enforcement agents.

The same thing goes for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as they present themselves like notorious bandits instead of a disciplined elite corp.

I think somebody needs to remind the Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike on the need to wake up and be responsible. He should leave executive duties for Oyinlola and Moronike should realize before it’s too late that his roof is on fire. He should better take care of his problem before the fire consumes his entire house.

The Assistant inspector-General of Police, Zone 11, should endevour to intercede on behalf of the people. He should not forget the constitutional responsibilities of the force; he should call the men of the Eagle Squad and SARS to their senses, let them realize that the force is not meant for thugs but disciplined minds, who are willing to lay down their lives in service to their motherland.

I believe the force needs to address the issues of detainees mysterious death in their cells if they want to gain the confidence of the teaming populace of Osun State.

Group, AC Condemn Osun Opposition Leaders’ Arrest

Osun State Chapter of Campaign for Democracy and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) and Action
Congress in the state have jointly berated the recent arrest of two opposition leaders in the state, saying that the arrest was questionable.

A former commissioner for Health in the state, Mr Layi Oyeduntan and AC Director of Research and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere were arrested and detained at the Eagle Squad office of the state police command Ota-Efun, Osogbo, the state capital.

The two opposition leaders were arrested last weekend by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Ayuba Adekunle.

According to a press statement signed by the CDWR chairman in the state, comrade Waheed Lawal, and made available to OSUN DEFENDER last Monday, the arrest was morally wrong, stressing that the police should desist from arresting opposition leaders.

The group called for the immediate release of the detained AC chieftains, maintaining that the suspects were innocent.

It was learnt that the arrest and detention of the AC stalwarts was not be unconnected with the controversial explosion on June 14, 2007, at the state secretariat, Abere.

An impeccable source, who witnessed the arrest of Oyeduntan, last Saturday, said the armed policemen, who came to arrest the former commissioner shot sporadically when they stormed his residence.

The soruce added that Oyeduntan Alsatian dog in the compound was shot by the police, maintaining that Oyeduntan was dragged out of his room and bundled into a waiting police vehicle.

It was also gathered that Akere was arrested in his car, while driving along the road last Sunday by the same police team and was also detained at Eagle Squad, Osogbo.

Condemning the arrest, Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo Media Assistant to the AC governorship candidate in the 2007 general elections, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, called on the state police authority to release the detained AC leaders. Fayemiwo stressed that the accused persons have not committed any crime to warrant their arrest.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Oyedutan and Akere from the untenable detention”, said Fayemiwo.

Aregbesola’s Aide Berates Osun Govt On Gbongan-Osogbo Road

Action Congress gubernatorial candidate in Osun State during the April 14, 2007
governorship election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, has warned the state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, not to commission the multi-million naira, Osogbo-Akoda, dualisation road without full completion.

A statement issued by Aregbesola’s media aide, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo, and made available to OSUN DEFENDER last Monday, also slammed the shody job being executed by the contractor handling the dualisation of the road, warning that Oyinlola should shelve his plan to commission the “badly executed project.”

According to the statement, some completed portions of the roads had become death traps before commissioning, reiterating that some deadly potholes exist between Akoda and Abere, which had led to numerous road accidents that also claimed innocent lives.

At the flag-off of the dualised road in 2004, the governor promised the people of the state that the project would be completed within nine months, but up till now, the road is still under construction.

“Rather than concentrating attention on the Osogbo bye-pass project, started by the defunct military and Bisi Akande’s administration, Oyinlola demolished the age long warehouses, which made Osogbo the commercial centre of the old Osun Division, since the pre-colonial times.

“To the dismay of all residents of Osun State, the promise made by the governor has not only been unfulfilled, the road has today become a death trap causing many avoidable auto-accidents with attendant casualties and facilities.

“Worse still, the road has been executed in a shoddy manner to the extent that no sooner than the asphalt tarring was done, ditches and potholes emerged,” the statement added.

Furthermore, Aregbesola stressed that the Osun bridge which should make this road project complete has not only been defectively constructed, its construction has stalled up till now.

“Many residents of Osogbo, who live around Makson/Old Governor’s office area, suffered in calculable damage from the resultant flooding.

“The Oyinlola-led administration in the state neither showed concern nor empathy for these helpless citizens in their ordeal”, he added.

The statement added that any attempt to commission a road that has failed all conditions stipulated in its civil, mechanical, structural and topographical designs, is nothing but aggravated fraud and treasonable felony.

“It is like sentencing the people of the state to death on the highway,” said Aregbesola.

However, Aregbesola called on the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), the Federal Ministry of Works and the international community to show active interest in the interest of peace and orderliness on the road project.

Oyinlola Under Fire Over 750 Aides

The Action Congress (AC) the Osun State chapter has condemned the resolve of the state PDP-led government to spend N37.5 million monthly to pay salaries of 25 executive assistants for each local government area.

The governor had created 25 political appointments in all the 30 local government areas and the area council and each of the appointees is to earn N50,000 monthly.

The AC in a statement signed by the Director of Research and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere said that the decision was “nothing other than another drain pipe aimed at impoverishing the people continuously, providing jobs for the boys and promoting indolence.”

It would be recalled board appointments crisis hadalmost tore Osun State PDP apart as some party leaders who felt neglected in the scheme of things have been threatening to make the state ungovernable for the Oyinlola led-administration.

The idea of creating political appointments at the local governments was reportedly sold to the governor by some local government chairmen in the state as a measure to douse tension among the aggrieved members and in the interest of the party.

The State Assembly had also ratified a proposal by the executive to enable each local government council appoint between four and 25 executive assistants.

The release said: “While Osun AC is not against creation of jobs and legal engagement of qualified hands for viable enterprise, we will not subscribe to any ploy that is aimed at recognizing brigandage and violence while also promoting hooliganism.

“Osun AC as a party made provision to create 20,000 jobs within the first 100 days of the Rauf Aregbesola administration one of its cardinal six-point agenda while campaigning for the 2007 governorship election and we have not reneged on that promise.

“PDP being what it is – an inept party that is bereft of any positive idea-will prefer to spend a whopping N37.5 million monthly to service 750 executive assistants across the 30 local governments who have no specified duties to perform other than being willing hands (tools) in the hands of the devil. They intention is to intimidate and perpetrate violence in the various localities so as to continuously foist and prolong PDP’s misrule in the state.

“A government that cannot make sufficient funds available for the accreditation of courses at the two state-owned polytechnics can afford to commit a whopping N450 million annually to pay salaries to executive assistants to local government chairmen who are just a tip of the numerous worthless political appointees being engaged daily.

Reading to the statement, the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Mr Yinka Adeojo disclosed that the AC should join hands with the PDP to develop the state

“The AC is a failed party. The House comprises of AC and PDP members and they all approved the demand by the government. They are being insincere”

Reacting to the development, the chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Osun State chapter, Alhaji Waheed Lawal condemned the decision of the PDP administration in the state, describing its various policies as lacking human face.

Lawal state further that the government lacked ideas on how to create employment for the growing unemployed graduates in the state, instead it resolved to creating political appointments for their party thugs.

He stated that no one was against creation of job for the people of the state but this one is not acceptable, adding that people are suffering at the grassroots yets Oyinlola would commit N450 million of council funds to paying salaries to the PDP “errand boys”.

All Nigerian Peoples Party state chairman, Alhaji Sule Alao in his reaction berated the House of Assembly for ratifying such proposal which he said was not in the best interest of the general public.

He lamented the spate of underdevelopment at the grassroots, adding that now that additional burden has been added to the one on their shoulders, they have an alibi for not performing.

Alao disclosed further that the people have had enough of Oyinlola’s recklessness, adding that he should find a better way of alleviating the people’s suffering and provide dividends of democracy for the people.