By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State are at daggers drawn over the cabinet members recently inaugurated by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
PDP described the recent mode of appointment of Commissioners/ Special Advisers and portfolios assigned them by the governor as a “progress in error”.
A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon. Sunday Bisi, and made available to newsmen, chided the governor for capping his lack-luster performance in office in the last one year with comedy of appointing some political ‘Yes Men’ into ministries of ‘comedy’, including a ministry curiously carved in the Governor’s Office.
Bisi accused the governor of gross insensitivity to the plight of the State as he has taken a step further from the prodigal handling of an already mortgaged resources of the State by his predecessor in office, by creating government ministries that are solely for political patronages without any value of democratic deliverables to the people of Osun State.
He said, “it is laughable and pathetic for governor Oyetola to have considered at all, the carving and appointment of commissioners into same, a ministry as mundane as that of governor’s office, which was already overpopulated by several aides previously appointed by Mr Oyetola to work in the same Governor’s office.
“The governor must be reminded that Osun State is already operating on a gasping pedestal of financial liabilities by a government he served as Chief of Staff for Eight years. The state must therefore not be strangulated into oblivion amongst it’s peers on the altar of desperate permutations of an increasingly insecure government led by a self-acclaimed “encyclopedia of finance”, the PDP Publicity Secretary said.
The party further challenged the APC administration in the State, to conscientiously publish the current debt status of the State to avail the good people of Osun a clear data to guage appropriately, the volume of failures brought upon the state by the governor’s former boss and ally in office, Rauf Aregbesola and Mr. Oyetola himself, at the end of this four year tenure, in which the last one year has been wasted on the dual service lane of cluelessness occasioned by secreted debt burden.
“We are not unaware of the liberty of Mr. Oyetola to appoint commissioners and other aides as he deems fit, but such exercise of discretion must be in tandem with the realities of the state’s economic standing. The governor can as well appoint substantive commissioners for his private dogs as a show of his level of financial dexterity, but such appointments must not turn out as impediment to the required development of a civil service driven economy like that of our State.
“The entitlements of the dying pensioners and active civil servants in the state must not be sacrificed on the altar of desperate mission of building political empire. The several failed projects fraudulently initiated by the immediate past administration in the state must begin to receive necessary attention from Mr. Governor who was a major actor during negotiations for the various credit facilities sourced to execute the projects.”
But in its reaction APC said the party had no apologies on the new cabinet asking the PDP to shut its mouth once and for all, if it has no sensible thing to offer as contribution to Osun’s progress.
In a statement signed by the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, APC described as ‘gutterish’ the language’ used by the PDP to criticise the new cabinet.
The APC said: “If the PDP cannot grow beyond the use of unmeasured language, APC will ignore any further such uncivilized statement from that party.
“But for the records, we have no apologies that Governor Oyetola has appointed a commissioner for the Governor’s office.
“There is real reason and need for that appointment and the Governor has no direct explanation to màke to the PDP for his action.
“We have told the PDP before and we are telling them again that they should proceed to court to secure ‘justice’ with the facts on behalf of themselves and the ‘people’ they pretend to love, if they are convinced that they are not mischievous.
“Between the PDP and APC , both parties had been in government for the last 16 years, and the first seven years of that period under PDP watch, Osun experienced unmitigated disaster: socially, economically, educationally and environmentally.
“It took an unprecedented re-engineering of the state by the APC in the last nine years to bring Osun to where it is today.”