Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lack the moral and political integrity to fault his government achievements.
The governor said that the legacies he is leaving behind in the state surpass what previous administrations especially the seven and a half years of the PDP meted in the state.
Aregbesola made the statement while addressing a gathering during a New Year party organized by the leadership of Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM) in Ila-Orangun, Ila Local Government area of the state. He said the state under his watch has in the last seven years witnessed tremendous turnarounds, compared to what he met on ground on assumption of office seven years ago.
While responding to a statement credited to Senator Omisore that his administration has failed the people of the state, the governor stated that Osun was almost run aground when Omisore and PDP were in power. He berated Omisore for his audacity in spite of the obvious gross incompetence of his party that took Osun to a deplorable condition, saying it is unfortunate that a questionable personality like him could still go ahead to fault a government that has revived the already comatose system.
He challenged Omisore and other PDP loyalists to come out and tell the whole world the achievement recorded when they were in government in the state. The governor also attributed the seven and a half years of the PDP rule in the state as a ‘complete waste’, noting that Osun would have collapsed if not rescued by God through him.
He described the circumstances of his emergence as ‘necessity’ saying he came to government at a time the people of the state not only needed drastic change but good governance.
“I am not surprised that a failed politician in person of former Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Iyiola Omisore can castigate our administration in spite of his failure while in the Senate. One needs not be told before knowing the fact that he (Omisore) did nothing while in the Senate to support the state as the state was abysmally governed and misruled for seven and a half years that PDP ruled.
“The statement credited to him (Omisore) showed his gross administrative incompetence and lack of understanding of what good governance is all about because he is supposed to ask himself what he did while he was in government.
“He (Omisore) was in the Senate for good eight years and he couldn’t help to facilitate the construction of Ilesa to Ife road through Osu town.
“He was in the Senate and nothing was done through him to support the growth and development of the state, rather his party bastardized the economy and left our people in abject poverty. The economy of the state was in total shamble while the state was retrogressively backward in terms of the basic infrastructure development which our government has addressed.”
Meanwhile the state government has directed all relevant agencies in the state to begin necessary processes and modalities for offsetting the arrears of the monthly stipend owed past and present members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served (and are still serving) in Osun.
The government also directed tax collecting agencies in the state to use all means necessary to obtain cooperation of professional groups in paying their taxes and enforce all relevant laws on taxation. The directive was contained in a statement issued and made available to journalists in Osogbo, by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, after the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting.