The Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State has advised Governor Rauf Aregebesola to use the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state on Thursday to acquaint him with the sufferings of the people of the state.
The spokesman for the party, Diran Odeyemi, said the governor should maximize the opportunity to get some help from the president, rather than pretend to be a “fulfilled and a performing governor”.
“The president if allowed to inspect Ido Osun Aerodrome, the International market in Dagbolu, Osogbo/ Kwara Boundary road and Osogbo/Gbongan road among other abandoned projects may wish to assist the state in resuscitating them for the benefit of the citizens,” he said.
“We heard it on good authority that the President will be commissioning Osogbo Grammar School but would expect governor Aregbesola to tell Nigerians the total cost of the building and the source of its finance.”
Mr. Odeyemi claimed that Mr. Aregbesola earmarked N340 million for President Buhari’s visit.
“For a ‘bedridden’ state that has failed to pay its workers and meet all its statutory functions, the visit of Mr. President is another opportunity to siphon public funds,” he said.
“What other proof do we need to show that Osun state is in quagmire with a huge debt portfolio whereby Osun monthly allocation spends N2.5 billion to service.
“Mr President, by official protocol demand, shall be coming to Osun with some of his cabinet ministers and retinue of Special Advisers, it is therefore important for the President to ask Governor Aregbesola for his own cabinet members,” the party concluded.
A statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon, on Wednesday, said the president would during the visit, commission the newly built 3,000 students capacity Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo.
According to the statement, President Buhari’s visit to Osun will be a testimony to the landmark achievements in the almost six years of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as well as the good working relationship between Osun and the Federal Government.
“From our own corner of this great country, we are poised to set examples on how to solve many of the national social economic and political complications confronting us,” Mr. Okanlawon said.
“The magnificent Osogbo Government High School President Muhammadu Buhari will be commissioning on Thursday is illustrative of the magnitude of our ideas and interventions in the education sector.
“We remain unrelenting as we continue our assault on delayed infrastructure in our education sector and all other sectors.
“We urge the good people of the state to maintain the peace that the state is noted for during and after the President’s visit. We ask them to give a rousing welcome to our amiable President.
“We call on our people particularly the people of Osogbo and it’s environs, to come out in their great numbers and give our President a befitting welcome during his visit to our state.
“Mr. President’s visit is historic because it marks the first official Presidential visit to the state since we assumed office as the Governor of this great state”. The statement expressed.”