By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—THE Osun State Government has described as false, baseless and unfounded the allegation of financial malfeasance levelled against the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.Aregbesola
A statement by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure, said the PDP had once again demonstrated its skill at deception and uncanny ability to turn white into blue in a bid to discredit the people-oriented government of Aregbesola.
PDP had claimed that the Office of the Governor spent N6.3 billion in 2016, among other sundry financial improprieties.
The statement reads 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.”