By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State were at loggerheads over the performance rating of the state by the World Bank.
It would be recalled that the World Bank last week rated Osun state as the best performing state in projects implementation.
The APC in a statement signed in Osogbo by the Director of Research and Publicity, Mr Kunle Oyatomi on Monday said, the rating has disproved the PDP misleading propaganda against the APC government.
The party challenged the PDP to disprove the rating or “bury their heads in shame “.
According to Oyatomi, “failure of PDP to controvert the rating of APC led government in the state as the best in terms of performance by the World Bank’s assessment portrays them as shameless elements.”
The statement reads in part: “Nothing can be more dishonourable than the recklessness with which the PDP had been spreading outright falsehood and misleading propaganda against the APC government in the last eight years.
“So pervasive had been the PDP propaganda and lies that it virtually created a negative impression across the country that Osun was being plundered and misgoverned by the APC.
“Today, however, to the utter shame and disgrace of the PDP, the World Bank has declared Osun the best performing state in Nigeria on rural access and mobility projects.
“Besides, the Bank singled out the state as a strong performer on project implementation in the country. The fact speaks for itself.
“Of especial importance to any objective observer should be the World Bank’s statement that highlighted, ‘the high sense of diligence and commitment displayed by the state government that earned it the award.
“We dare the PDP and its Chairman to produce facts and figures to prove the World Bank wrong”, the statement read.
But the PDP in a swift reaction described the performance rating of APC as ‘fraudulent and unorthodox’, saying the APC was only desperate to seek foreign cover up after failing the people.
A statement by the state chairman of the party, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, argued that people that are completely alien to the state without deep knowledge of the political environment could not be said to be real.
Adagunodo alleged that Governor Gboyega Oyetola after his abysmal performance had to take such steps to give himself and his team the undeserved rating.
His words: “The strange World Bank officials , whose real identities are even shrouded in secrecy and fraudulent in details cannot tell us how good or bad the performance of a government is than the people who have been impoverished by the APC maladministration.
“If Oyetola wants to be genuinely rated, he should sample peoples opinions from Igbona and Oja’ba Markets in Osogbo, Owode and Oja Timi markets in Ede, Akinola market in Ife North, Oja Titun in Ile-Ife, Atakumosa market in Ilesa ,Olufi market in Gbongan , Obada market in Odeomu, Owode market in Apomu , Odo ori market in iwo, Olobu market in ilobu , Olufon market in ifon , Alara market in Ara , Alamisi and Monday markets in ikirun. These are the authentic people that accurately rate your performance.
“Also, various abandoned projects that littered the state with billions of Naira making their way into private pockets are there for people to see.
“Governor Gboyega Oyetola is hereby advised to face real governance instead of the old style of using padded propaganda that they are used to which has become obsolete and no longer reliable to deceive people into voting for them, because people are now wiser and are already counting the APC days,” Adagunodo said.