By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
The gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore has advised the state Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to spend the N16.67 Billion released by the Federal Government to the state to settle the arrears of salaries owed the workers in the state.
Omisore said in a statement on Saturday that it would be wise for the governor to spend the fund to settle the workers instead of wasting it on the forthcoming govenorship election.
He described as height of wickedness for a government that has been unable to pay its workforce to propose to spend a humongous amount of 16.67 billion on election just to perpetrate itself in power.
The money was clandestinely released to Osun State government from the last tranche of the Paris Club recently according to a release by Idowu Afolami Secretary Labour/ CLO of Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Senator Omisore urged Governor Rauf Aregbesola to consider the plight of Osun Workers and Pensioners by paying their outstanding salaries and now that he’s in possession of such humongous money.
He admonished the Governor not to waste such money on election but to put it to a better use.
“It’s little wonder how a governor that has not been able pay salaries and other benefits of the workers for the past three years has been able to spend over #2billion on posters and billboards alone just to install his stooge in government”.
He described the time of the release of such money to Osun State by as wrong saying the governor is a spendthrift who will waste no time to waste the money.
He stated further that releasing such money to Osun State alone out of the 36 States of the federation further raised high suspicion that the money was released to him to prosecute the coming election.
“This desperation on the part of Osun APC to perpetrate themselves won’t help as the people of the state are wise enough to see this booby trap and will avoid it.”
Senator Omisore urged the governor to put the money into a judicious use in order to ameliorate the suffering of the people of the state.
“This government knows that it has failed the masses and unabled to deliver on its promises to them , hence the result to heavily monetised the coming election.
“No wonder they’ve been boasting and bragging that even if they get two votes in the coming election their candidate will still be declared winner.
“It’s baffling to hear from a party that wants to sincerely win an election in a state like Osun to call the bluffs of workers and even told some that their party will win without workers support.”
He therefore called on INEC and security agencies saddled with the responsibilities of conducting free and fair elections not to compromise in the coming election in the state, urging the citizens of the state to be abreast of this shenanigans by Aregbesola’ s government.
The said money according to a report in a national daily is causing serious ripples between the Federal Government and other state governments across party lines.
The money which is the last tranche of Paris Club was secretly released to Osun State an amount other state governments said was too much and more that what three states should share.
Other governors are said to be miffed at the mode of releasing the money the humongous amount released and why singling out Osun for such release especially in this period.