The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked the allegation of corruption levelled against the state governor, Ademola Adeleke.
The Osun PDP Chairman, Sunday Bisi in a statement also maintained that the PDP-led government was not corrupt.
The statement was in reaction to the statement by the Osun All Progressive Congress (APC) alleging sub-national entities of not keying into the developmental strides of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.
The Osun PDP chairman alleged that the APC ran the state aground with multi-billion naira debt without any democratic dividends.
“Governor Ademola Adeleke is a due process leader who cherishes accountability and transparency in all governmental processes. A procurement order has been placed for palliative materials and they will soon arrive.
“The palliative plan by Governor Adeleke is very comprehensive and is designed to be sufficient enough to reach the masses. Only those who were voted out for thieving records will think the Governor from a billionaire background will divert a palliative fund that is publicly declared.
“We also want to affirm that the PDP government in Osun state has a policy of cooperation and collaboration to achieve developmental goals. In a federation, the states are obliged to ensure seamless intergovernmental relations for national development. The presidency appreciates Adeleke's governorship, a development that is worrying the state chapter of APC.
”Rather than undermining federal palliative policy, Osun state is complementing it, ensuring a holistic approach and value for money without an avenue for self-enrichment as was the case in the past. We are not a government that hoards palliatives; we are an accountable government with integrity and we are being led by a Governor from a reputable philanthropic family.
“When next the state APC makes an irresponsible allegation of fund diversion, the relevant agency of our government will take appropriate legal action. We invite APC to Ipade Imole on Thursday to listen to a transparent Governor delivering detailed stewardship to the good people of Osun State."
Meanwhile, the Osun APC has enjoined the sub-national entities to key into the developmental strides of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.
This is as the APC and PDP traded words over N2 billion Federal Government palliatives aimed at cushioning the effect of fuel subsidy.
The Osun APC Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement also stated that it would not serve any meaningful purpose for the federating units to either undermine or sabotage the programmes of the government at the centre.
Lawal also accused the administration of Ademola Adeleke of undertaking this through its lack of commitment to the welfare and well-being of the people of Osun state.
Lawal observed that it was unthinkable and unreasonable for any of the federating units to hoard the Federal Government's N2 billion fuel subsidy removal palliative after two months of receiving the fund.
”While I am congratulating our people on the nation’s 63rd Independence Anniversary today, we should not lose sight of the fact that things remain what they are in this country today because of indiscipline and culture of impunity of some of the political leaders at all the levels of government across the nation.
“For instance, if not an act of sabotage, how can a government refuse to hearken to the crying of the less-privileged members of the society whose empowerment was directed and cash-backed by the Federal Government but is being willingly bungled by the state government?
“Is Governor Adeleke waiting for the people to die before he releases the N2 billion Federal Government fuel subsidy removal palliative?
“The gist of the matter is that Governor Adeleke should stop his stylish frustration with the Federal Government programme and promptly release the N2 billion fuel subsidy removal palliative without further delay.
“We advise the organized labour in Osun State to hold Governor Adeleke responsible for whatever negative impacts experienced by the workers on account of the fuel subsidy removal," the Osun State APC chairman explained.