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Osun PDP accuses Aregbesola of financial recklessness

The Osun State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola of mismanaging the resources of the state…

The Osun State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola of mismanaging the resources of the state and spending money recklessly.

The Chairman of Osun PDP, Honourable Soji Adagunodo, while briefing journalists in Osogbo ascribed the ill-economic fortune of the state to the profligacy and corrupt practices of Governor Aregbesola’s administration.

The PDP chairman said the 2016 audit report on the account of the state revealed that the governor spent 6 billion Naira as overhead cost in his office at a time when the workers in the state were groaning under the yoke of half or no salary.

According to Adagunodo, “the office of the governor which is principally made up of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Secretary to the State Government and Chief of Staff expended a sum of six billion, three hundred and sixty seven million, three hundred and ninety thousand, three hundred and fifty naira,  sixty four kobo (N6,367,390,350.64) in one year".

Adagunodo said the amount spent by the governor was higher than the entire money spent on education, agriculture and health in the same year.

“Of this figure, over five billion and fifty million naira was spent on overhead in the office of the governor. This was an increase of almost 400% on the sum of 1.2 billion Naira spent on the same overhead in 2015."

"The question is what could be responsible for this astronomical rise in overhead cost of running the office of the governor within 12months? How much of this money was funneled into private pockets and on political patronage?”

Reacting to the allegation, Osun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, said PDP fabricated the allegations because the party was jittery of Aregbesola’s popularity.

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