Watch New Video Stunt of Dancing Senator, Ademola Adeleke

A new video of senator representing Osun West district, Ademola Adeleke, has emerged where he was seeing as usual dancing and singing at a church.


News reveals that the video footage which just emerged on social media shows lawmaker leading the congregation in Yoruba and Igbo choruses as he moved from one end of the church to the other. This elicited reactions from the worshippers.


The pastors on the podium were obviously entertained as they were seen whispering to one another. Not even members of the choir could match his pace. It is not clear when the video was released.


Recall that in 2014 governorship election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, he was with his late brother, Sen Isiaka Adeleke who decamped from PDP to APC. His present at the campaign then was noticed because of flare for dance and was nickname then ‘Skelewu’


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Aregbesola And The Armchair Critics

By Kunle Owolabi

Everything has got its own time and season.  The season of politics in the State of Osun is here. Contestants are warming up.  New alignments are being forged. In other places, old ones are being resuscitated. Forces are gathering, all towards the 2018 governorship election. Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s tenure is gradually coming to an end.  Dozens of aspirants are targeting this number one seat. All these contestants want to outdo one another in the ascendance to the throne game.  One weapon they have and which they are using is propaganda.  They will perform more than the incumbent if given the opportunity to serve. They have now turned virulent critics of the Ogbeni Aregbesola government. 

They brazenly alter statistics. Fabricate figures which are non-existing and justify what ought not to be, all in the name of wanting to give the administration of Aregbesola a bad name in order to hang it.  But the people of Osun do have very good memory.  They do not suffer from collective amnesia. They know.  They see. They also feel what Aregbesola did and is still doing in the state.

One of the supposed governorship aspirants recently said the state of education in Osun is in a bad shape. He noted that there was a disconnect in the provision of infrastructure and economic development, promising that he possessed the magic wand to synergise the two and fix the education. He said: “My governorship ambition will aim at turning the state’s fortunes around, especially in “moment of crisis’ which its education had found itself. Osun State is in a moment of crisis as its educational sector is also in a bad shape and the quality is no longer there. “The infrastructure and economic development will change if given the opportunity to govern the state. Osun is in a critical position; it must not be left in the hands of charlatans. If you’re a governor or aspiring to be governor and you say you have 6 points agenda or 9 points agenda, its rubbish, I’m very sure of that. Another aspirant was milder in his criticism. He opined that Aregbesola performed very well but made certain mistakes that he would correct if elected governor.

But if a calabash isn’t broken, do we employ someone to still fix it? One of Aregbesola’s critics cited above was fortunately part of the education summit called by the governor in 2011 to fix the education sector ran aground during the seven years of misrule of the administration before Aregbesola.  This critic was not a governorship aspirant then and he did not see that education was in shambles. Even at that, he was privileged to serve in the summit with the Nobel Laureate,  Professor Wole  Soyinka.  The outcome of that brainstorming at the summit produced the template with which the government tailored its restructuring. And today, the state has witnessed tremendous improvement in all ramifications as far as education is concerned in the state.

The criticism must have stemmed from the utter lack of knowledge of performance charts and attention to details commonly exhibited by those who do not want to see anything good attributed to the Aregbesola administration.

Before one goes to reel out statistics on physical performance in the education sector such as provision of infrastructure, let us take a cursory look at the performance of the student of the high school in the state in the last three editions of the external examination,  West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

These past records and statistics of students supplied by WAEC in the past years have shown that there is significant improvement in percentage of overall results of the student compared to the 2010 performance pre-Aregbesola era. To start with, a comparison between pre and post Aregbesola administrations will put the records straight. In 2007, the state registered 36,171 candidates for WAEC examination out of which 2,483 representing 6.86 per cent had credit pass in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.

In 2008, it was 37,715 candidates with 3,813 pass, representing 10.11 per cent. In 2009 it was 39,676 candidates, with 5,545 pass, representing 13.98 per cent. In 2010 it was 43,216 candidates, with 6,777 pass, representing 15.68 per cent. If you put these four years together, you will get an average of 15.68 per cent. Put side by side the above four-year performances with that of Aregbesola’s administration when government started sponsoring candidates for WAEC in 2011, one would glean the wide gulf in performances of both governments.

In 2011, and the first year of test of Aregbesola’s government, the state fielded 53,293 candidates, had 11,672 pass, representing 21.98 per cent.  In 2012, government fielded 51,463 out of which 11,431 passed, representing 22.21 per cent. In 2013, it also fielded 47,013 candidates, recorded 9,301 pass, representing 19.78 per cent. In 2014, government sponsored 47,672 candidates, 9,316 of them passed, representing 19.54 per cent.  Taken together,  the average performance for Aregbesola’s first four years was 20.88 per cent. Compared with the average performance (13.26 per cent) of the three years that preceded it, the percentage improvement in performance during Aregbesola’s tenure is put at  an impressive 57.46 per cent.

Thus, those who said Osun is declining are not being honest. The above data will show that their claims are totally unfounded. The performance of pupils has not gone down under the watch of Aregbesola. This significant improvement in performance was nothing other than an outstanding result brought about by careful and strategic planning by the administration. The percentage of performance has kept improving since then. One, therefore, was miffed by the spurious claims of critics about education being in bad shape in the state. This same education sector!  Coming to infrastructural improvement,  it is in this same education sector where, as at last count, a total of 55 new state-of-the-art structures, comprising 20 Elementary, 22  Middle, and 13  High School have been added to existing structures while a total of 82 school blocks, comprising 1,534 classrooms across the state have been refurbished by his administration.

The same Aregbesola administration established the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (O’MEALS) which, apart from providing pupils in Elementary 1-4 with highly nutritious meals every school day, has also succeeded in reducing unemployment by absorbing no fewer than 3,000 food vendors?  Another innovation of the administration is Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which, with its mopping up of more than 40,000 youths off the streets and productively engaging them, has succeeded in reducing the scourge of unemployment among our youths.

Aregbesola has also performed creditably well in bringing government closer to the people, especially through the creation of additional 31 Local Council Development Areas, 3 Area Councils and two Administrative Offices.  On security, with the procurement of 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and 100 Patrol Vehicles among others, he has greatly helped in the making Osun one of the safest states in Nigeria.

Without security, can there be any development? Those who easily find a disconnection between infrastructure and development in Osun must have been living  outside the state. The above is just a tip of the iceberg of the development that occurred under Governor Aregbesola, which his most avowed critics could not even deny.

The conclusion one can draw from these aspirants turned critics is that because they wanted Aregbesola’s job, then they must malign him to curry the support of the people.  This kite will not fly any time any day again as the people of the state are abreast of what the governor has done for the state.  No amount of lies will ever deceive and stop them from following the people’s governor.

Owolabi writes from Osogbo

Five Nabbed For Printing Fake Currency Notes

By Toba Ajisafe


Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeoye Fimihan has confirmed the arrest of five suspected culprits for printing fake currency and duping unsuspecting members of the public.


Fimihan disclosed this at the Osun State Police Command, Osogbo while parading the syndicate in connection with the crime alongside a suspected herbalist who allegedly specialized in printing fake foreign currency.


The fake currency and other materials used in printing, recovered from the syndicate were displayed at the command before the suspects.

In a briefing, Fimihan told OSUN DEFENDER that the operation was carried out by ‘Police Special Patrol Team’ in Ife, Osun State about a month ago when the team apprehended someone with fake currency during ‘Stop and Search Operation’


Fimihan said, further investigation led Police to the place where the counterfeit currency is being printed and subsequently arrested the owner of the printing press.


He said “In the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed which made it possible for us to recover other fake currency at the printing press that is located in Lagos.


The syndicate who has network around the country was arrested in Osun, Kogi and Lagos.


He noted that, the Police collaborating with Central Bank of Nigeria to move the machine used by the syndicate.


Fimihan disclosed that investigation is still on-going and the Command is trying to find out if there are others who are engaging in the illegality.


Fimihan said, “we know that this (printing fake currency) criminal act constitute serious threat to Nigeria economy.”

NMA Strike: We’ll Do Our Best To Resolve Your Demands – Osun Govt

……Pleads for Doctor’s Understanding

The State Government of Osun has appealed to the striking doctors in the state to consider patients and call off their strike in the interest of the people.

This appealed was made by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu in a statement made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo.

He said the state is not unaware of their demands and its doing everything possible to resolve issues surrounding the strike so it won’t be prolonged more than necessary.

The statement read, “The government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola does not like strike. We consider the welfare of our people important and we take it seriously. We will do everything to improve on the welfare of the people. We appeal to our doctors to bear with us, reason with us and be considerate.

“We have laid our cards on the table; there are so many things the doctors are demanding for, two of those things bothered on payment of salaries in 2015 when they were on strike and Revised CONMES.

“We have held meeting with the NMA and other stakeholders. We have engaged them unofficially too. The government had been engaging the doctors since they gave 21 days ultimatum. We have told them what the government is doing and the two parties need to reach agreement.

“Anyway, we will continue to discuss with them. I plead with the doctors to try to understand the position of the government; they should consider the patients in the hospital. We will do everything humanly possible to resolve the issue on time. We will do our best to ensure that the strike is not prolonged. This government is serious about the welfare of the people of the state. We will do everything to reach a compromise with the NMA.

According to him, Osun aside Lagos in the Southwest pays highest to doctors before the financial strength of the state dropped owing to the economic recession in the country.

Recall the state government like it reached agreement with workers in the state Civil Service whereby modulated salaries are being paid to different categories of workers also put up such arrangement with the medical doctors in the state’s employment which they rejected.

“It is on record that doctors in the State of Osun are perhaps the highest paid in the South-West states after Lagos. The government did everything to ensure the standard was maintained for as long as the finances of government were in good shape. This illustrates that the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is very”

Aregbesola, Others Storm Edo For Public Consultation On Restructuring [PHOTOS]

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, his Ogun state counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun on Monday visited Edo state to hold zonal public consultation of the All Progressives Congress Committee on True Federalism.


The team received by Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki at the Benin Airport is expected to cover South-South and the North-Central zones.


Among issues to be discussed at the hearing are creation/merger of states, derivation principle, devolution of powers, federating units, fiscal federalism and revenue allocation and form of government.


Other issues are independent candidacy, land tenure system, local government autonomy, power sharing and rotation, resource control and type of legislature.


In the recent, agitations from Nigerians on the need to restructure the country has been on the rise which birthed the inauguration of Restructuring Committee by the All Progressives Congress, chaired by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.


Governor Aregbesola while speaking said the “restructuring” of Nigeria remains on the front burner of public discourse, he noted that the practice of true federalism would accelerate development of the country.

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LAUTECH: JAC, ASUU Express Hope As Meeting With Management Holds

By Toba Ajisafe


The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and other workers’ unions in the university, have expressed hope that today’s meeting with the institution management will resolve impasses surrounding the recent suspension of strike announced by the governing council.


This was expressed on a radio programme by the Chairman of Joint Action Committee, Mr. Abimbola Aleshinloye; and Chairman of the ASUU, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, which was monitored by OSUN DEFENDER on Monday.


Recall OSUN DEFENDER reported the resumption of the institution in a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Jacob Agboola, which expected the students to resume on Monday September 15th, 2017.


The strike which was on for months has seen the two owner states engaged an audit firm to look into alleged mismanagement of funds by the management and recommendations were made on effective running of the institution.


Read: BREAKING: LAUTECH Announces Resumption Date


Mr. Aleshinloye who is the chairman JAC comprises of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non Academic Staff Union and the National Association of Academic Technologists, said, the Management has invited all the Unions for a meeting today by 12noon at Ogbomosho campus to deliberation over announced resumption.


“We have to resolve the issues and today, the Management will have to state their own side and we have to state ours for us to harmonize.


He said, “We so much appreciate what the Chairman of the governing council, Mr. Oladapo Afolabi is doing to bring back the lost glory.”


Speaking in same manner, the ASUU chairman, Dr. Biodun Olaniran said, that the Union is so much open to negotiation.


Dr. Abiodun said “our sons and daughters are also in the school, so we hope the crisis will be solved before October 1st, 2017 which I believe today’s dialogue between the Unions and the management will go a long to proffer lasting solution to the crisis.

Osun’ll No Longer Rely On Fed Allocation in Five Years Time – Commissioner

Osun state government has said that it has put in place policies, programmes and infrastructure that will totally liberate the state from the shackles of the federal allocation which has for sometimes been deciding the progress or otherwise of majority of the states in Nigeria.

Foundation for economic prosperity, according to the government, was gradually being built in Osun and was working assiduously to attain a glorious height economically.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa stated this on Sunday while addressing members of a socio-political organization, the Young Mandate Group in Osogbo.

Baderinwa said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has provided and invested heavily on profitable and lasting infrastructure that has been enhancing and continue to uplift the economy of the state.

He maintained that good infrastructure is the bedrock of socio-economic development, explaining that the massive road construction put in place by Aregbesola’s administration have been connecting people, drive commerce and maintain global competitiveness.

Baderinwa noted that the road construction would in no time reduce costs in many economic sectors in the state by providing better accessibility to markets, increasing employment, bringing in foreign investment and improving global presence in the state.

The commissioner said Aregbesola has laid solid foundation for economic development of the state and his efforts have been yielding positive result with the recent agreement of Turkish government to partner Osun on trade, commerce and industrial revolution.

Baderinwa stated that the Turkish government has agreed to support the state at completing the MKO Abiola International Airport in Ido-Osun, stating that the airport when completed will aid the state’s economy.

Aside the airport, Aregbesola said Osun economy will in no time receive boost when the $30.5million contract won by the Osun RLG/Adulawo Technology Company for the supply of Terrestrial Broadcast Set Top Boxes flows into the market.

Baderinwa noted that the 15-year-old moribund cocoa processing industry in Ede has been revived by the Aregbesola’s administration, disclosing that a Chinese company, Shanghai Golden Monkey Group was ready to invest N10billion into the economy of Osun state through cocoa processing and production.

The company, according to Baderinwa would have the capacity to provide 1,000 jobs for the unemployed youths in the state in the next two years when it begins full production.

According to the commissioner, aside road construction and investment in company, construction of markets by the Aregbesola’s administration has been aiding trade and commerce in the state, saying that new markets like Aje and Ayegbaju International markets have expanded economic activities.

Baderinwa submitted Aregbesola has laid foundation for economic development, stating that in the next five years the economy of the state would be sustainable and make the state independent of federal allocation.

The commissioner stated that Aregbesola’s administration recognized agriculture as a strong pillar of economy, hence his commitment to promoting agriculture and food security through intervention programmes like Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (O REAP) and Osun Rural Access and Mobility Project (O RAMP).

He said the O REAP and O RAMP programmes have afforded the farmers opportunity of getting the farm produce into the markets with ease with the provision of compact roads, curvet and bridges in all the villages across the state for smooth transportation.


OBOPS II Empowers 1,000 Farmers, Creates Wealth In Osun

The Osun Broilers Outgrowers Programme Scheme, OBOPS II has enlisted 1,000 farmers across the State as phase II of the programme begins after a successful pilot stage.

The programme managed by AMO Farm Sieber Hatchery Limited provides 2,000 day old birds to each participating farmer(s) in the project.

Facilitated by the State Government of Osun, and supported by Sterling Bank, the programme has given poultry farmers the opportunity to raise the day old chicks to birds weighing 2kg within 6 weeks.

Speaking to OSUN DEFENDER, two of the beneficiaries of the OBOPS II scheme, the proprietor of Olorede farms, Mr Johnson Olorede and the owner of Khakaki farms, Engr Niyi Kolawole, both lauded the State Government of Osun on its drive to empower farmers in the State through the initiative.


The duo affirmed that through the OBOPS II initiative, they have been able to make appreciable profits with their business growing daily.


Olorede said “I was able to make at least N400,000 in the scheme” while Kolawole also stated that “he has been able to make a profit of N300,000 in the programme.”


The beneficiaries of the OBOPS II Scheme identified relax in the implementation on the ban on imported frozen chickens as the major problem facing the marketability of the end products of their farms.


They called on the Federal Government to help the activities of its border security operatives to help increase patronage and profit making from the scheme.


Tayo Lawal who manages Bell Living Porter as a beneficiary of the scheme lauded the State government for creating a vibrant machinery for monitoring and supervision.


Lawal noted that with the proper mechanisms put in place by the partnering stakeholders in the scheme, the initiative is set to creating an enabling environment for more farmers to register and benefit from the programme.


Successes recorded in several agricultural intervention programmes of the Aregbesola-led administration has helped the State’s course on the elementary school feeding programme, O’Meals leading to the gainful employment of about 1,000 farmers and over 3,000 food vendors under the school feeding programme.


It would be recalled that the first phase which made over 120 millionaires was sponsored by the State Government of Osun and anchored by TUNS farm.


The first phase of the scheme recorded a huge success as about 768 farmers were engaged, cash profit paid to farmers stood at N785million as well as making over 120 broilers farmers who keyed into the initiative millionaire.


This feat has placed Osun second to Oyo State in broiler production in the country, with further plans to engage additional 30,000 farmers and have the scheme spread to every home in no distant future.

Group Presents Anti-Land Grabbing Bill To Osun Assembly

By Toba Ajisafe


A group of professionals known as Osogbo Affairs Forum (OSAF) has presented an anti-land grabbing bill to Osun State House Of Assembly.


The bill, which is to put an end to the activities of land grabbers and extortion at construction sites,  know as ‘Omo Onile’ syndrome was presented to two lawmakers representing Osogbo and Olorunda constituencies in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Akintunde Adegboye and Hon Wasiu Adebayo.


Hon. Akintunde Adegboye who addressed the delegates on behalf of other lawmakers, gave assurance that the bill would be presented to the Assembly and that cooperation of other lawmakers in the Assembly would be sought in ensuring the passage of the bill into law.


The Committee Chairman, Barrister Abdulrahman Okunade while addressing journalists after the the presentation of the bill, explained that, the bill, if passed into law, would address the challenges being faced by many residents and property owners across the state.


He noted that, the incessant harassment and extortion which innocent  land owners and builders do go through in the hands of land speculators and hellbent hoodlums in Osun State are becoming too worrisome in recent times.


He said, “While the land speculators do sell a piece of land to more than one person thereby causing deadly confusions, the hoodlums on their part have made a vocation out of visiting construction sites to forcefully extort money from innocent land owners, property builders and construction workers. It is therefore our belief that all these practices will be a thing of the past once the bill is passed into law.


Abdulrahman gave the benefit, If the bill is passed into law by Osun State House Of Assembly, he explained, ” As the bill  now initiated by the OSAF, Osun would have joined the league of other states such as Lagos, Ogun and Oyo that have enacted similar laws with a view to criminalising and punishing the disturbing practices of the Omo Oniles who had made property development a nightmare in the state.


Osun Develops 5-Year Costed Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition

State Government of Osun has developed a 5-year costed multi-sectoral strategic plan of action for nutrition as part of strategies to address the challenge of malnutrition in the state.


Speaking at a 3-day workshop on the state strategic plan on nutrition sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Director of Community Health Services and Education at the Osun State Primary Health Care Development Board, Mr James Oloyede said there is urgent need to address the problem of malnutrition in the state.


Oloyede said the nutritional status of children below the age of five in Osun state has not improved in the last five years according to the report of Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) 2016-2017.


He said over 23% of under five children in the state are stunted and 8% wasted which means that those children may not fulfil their full potentials in life and they are at a greater risk of diet related non communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension in later years.


“The report also showed that more children are likely to die today than they were 5 years ago as Infant mortality rose above the national average of 70/1000 from 40/1000 live births in 2011 to 78/1000 in 2016 and Under 5 mortality rose from 58/1000 to 101/1000 in the same period.”


He said the state government was committed to reverse this ugly trend through an integrated multi-sectoral strategic plan of action that will clearly identify priority areas such as nutrition of women of child bearing age, infant and young child feeding.



Other priority areas include ensuring food security, micro nutrient deficiency control, treatment of severe acute malnutrition, nutrition in education and institutions, poverty reduction and recruitment and deployment of nutritionists to handle nutrition issues in the State. He said the state strategic plan on nutrition clearly outlined activities and assign roles and responsibilities that would ensure its implementation.



Oloyede expressed delight that efforts at improving the practice of Breastfeeding have yielded positive result in the state as the rate of Exclusive Breastfeeding increased by 35.8% from 40.7% to 55.3% in 2016.



A Public Health and Nutrition Programme Manager in the Osun State Primary Health Care Development Board, Mr Izuchukwu Michael Offiaeli while taking participants through the objectives and the expected outcomes of the workshop explained that an integrated strategic costed nutrition plan of action was being developed for the state for the period between 2018 and 2023.



At the workshop attended by top officials of ministries and agencies of Osun State Government, Michael explained that the document would also detail the commitments in financial investments going into nutrition and the roles as well as the responsibilities of all the relevant sectors and stakeholders.



Michael said “this 5-year costed multi-sectoral strategic plan of action for nutrition is an integration of nutrition investments, as well as nutrition considerations into programs in all sectors in the state and to also increase policy coherence and seamless implementation of nutrition activities in the state.”



A lecturer at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Food Science and Human Ecology, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Dr Wasiu Akinloye Afolabi said it has become imperative to make case for nutrition in national development agenda. 



He noted that the consequences of malnutrition are far reaching and that necessary steps must be taken to address it. “Malnutrition impairs growth and health of children, reduces learning and education of children, increases health care cost of families and nation due to treatment of illness and reduces national productivity”, he said.


According to him, “Investment in nutrition will boost gross national product by 11%, prevent child deaths by more than one third per year, improve school attainment by at least one year, increase wages by 5-50%, reduce poverty as well-nourished children are 33% more likely to escape poverty and also empower women to be 10% more likely to run their own business and break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.”


He added that nutrition was being recognized as both an input and output into development and cost benefit analysis has shown that every $1 spent on nutrition can yield $16 in return for a country and maintained that government and all stakeholders must act on time to tackle malnutrition.


The President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Dr Bartholomew Brai, explained that the National Food and Nutrition Policy is a document that provides the framework for addressing the problems of food and nutrition insecurity in Nigeria and hailed Osun State government for its efforts in curtailing malnutrition.



Brai said the “it is good development that Osun is developing this 5-year costed multi-sectoral strategic plan of action for nutrition in line with the National Food and Nutrition Policy.”



“The policy recognizes nutrition as a multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary issue relevant to national development. It was first developed in 2001 and reviewed in 2013 to include emerging issues such as nutrition in the first 1000days of every child, nutrition in emergencies and increase in prevalence of diet-related non-communicable diseases amongst others.”



“The policy contains six thematic areas including food and nutrition security, enhancing provision of quality health services, enhancing care-giving capacity, raising awareness and understanding of the problem of malnutrition in Nigeria and resource allocation for food and nutrition security at all levels and the six strategies are aimed at achieving the policy objectives”, Brai added.

PDP Has Nothing To Offer Osun – APC

By Toba Ajisafe


Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged people of the state to support the Aregbesola-led administration saying Peoples Democratic Party has nothing to offer the people and should not be taken seriously.


Osun APC in a statement issued over the weekend and made available to OSUN DEFENDER by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said that, PDP should tell the people of Osun what policy thrust it has in plan to substitute what Aregbesola has done for students, teachers and educational infrastructure in the last seven years.


The statement read, “Osun has challenged the PDP to immediately stop its nasty criticism of the APC government and start to articulate its own alternative agenda of what that party will do differently for the people of the state.

”We challenge these loud-mouthed and weak critics of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s projects to tell us at least what the PDP will do better on education, youth employment and social security for a start.

“For over seven years now, the PDP has been shouting that it will destroy all Aregbesola’s projects. The people of Osun deserve to know, what the PDP will replace the whole infrastructure on ground already, with.

‘It’s cheap and indolent to keep criticising  someone when you cannot provide an alternative,  so that the world can assess whether or not the alternative on offer is worth the effort to consider or reject outright.


The statement also challenged PDP, ”Show your sincerity and ability to think outside the box like our unusual governor, or if you can’t,  then keep quiet,’ the APC challenged the PDP, adding that, ‘he who criticizes without providing an alternative is an opportunist who has nothing to offer and should not be taken seriously.


”If PDP wants the people of Osun to take their party seriously, let them tell us what they will do differently, and how they will fund their own project.

”Tell the citizens of Osun, whether or not you will break down the schools Aregbesola built. Say it loud and clear whether or not you will redesign, uproot and reconstruct the roads and bridges; destroy and rebuild Nelson Mandela Freedom Park; go round the state of Osun and urge the people to pile up dirt in the streets in their environment.

‘Tell us your alternative plan to stop flooding different from how Aregbesola did it. Are you going to now stop feeding children at schools in the state which the Federal Government has continued, but which the PDP criticized? Will the PDP cancel the airport project in which the Turkish government has shown interest?

”Let the PDP come clean and tell the world if it will reject and stop all the World Bank, European Union and other internationally funded projects that Aregbesola attracted to Osun?

”If the PDP cannot give us details of what it will do differently  – including how the party intends to find the money to pay full salaries to workers, different from what APC government is doing currently, then they will be exposed for the fraudulent critics and politicians we have always known them to be”.