The Osun State chapter of Social Democratic Party, SDP, has charged Governor Rauf Aregbesola to make a public declaration of his assets, or the party would be forced to publish what it knows about his assets.
The party described the governor’s defence on how he had spent several billions of the state funds as a mere rhetoric, laughable and inconsistent going by the facts in its possession.
Osun SDP chairman, Mr. Ademola Ishola, in a speech during the party’s Performance Assessment meeting in Osogbo, the state capital at the weekend, to deliberate on how the party performed in the last national election, said what his party uncovered about Aregbesola’s wealth would stun Nigerians.
He said: “Our party discovered that one of the areas where fraud was being perpetrated by the Aregbesola’s government was through consultants handling virtually all his projects.
“It is a shame that even if the governor wanted to buy toothpicks, it has to pass through consultants.
“While the governor has not failed once to take his security votes every month from the consolidated funds, retirees whose pensions are to be paid from the same account have not received theirs in the last seven months. Records as at May showed that 242 of the retirees lost their lives within this period.
“Simply put, Osun is today paralyzed with all government activities at stand still. The governor has virtually left the state for us to slug it out with poverty and hunger”.
Mr. Ishola stressed that his party will not rest until everything in the state is straightened out by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government at the federal level.