Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has advised Governor Rauf Aregbesola to sell the helicopter he claimed he procured for the state for surveillance in order to offset the seven months salaries of the state work force. The party gave the advice in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, copies of which were made available to newsmen in Osogbo. “What this administration told us was that the helicopter was to be used for surveillance, but we have since discovered that the machine is only serving the travelling needs of Mr. Aregbesola and his family.
This remains one draining pipe that must be blocked,” he stated. While urging governor Aregbesola to stop his frivolous trips to Cuba, Odeyemi also advised the governor and his aides to forthwith, stop travelling in chartered aircraft around the world noting that, if President, Muhammadu Buhari, could be travelling on British Airways, even when aircrafts in presidential fleet are available, there is need for Aregbesola to borrow a leave.
He expressed support for workers for demanding their entitlement through industrial action, stressing that the state found itself in the present state of insolvent because public funds were “recklessly expended on irrelevant but huge projects and ventures without adequate projection of the funds available to the state.” His words: “The whole world is aware of the fact that former Ekiti lawmakers were heavily bribed on the bill of Osun state for several months where they mapped out strategies on how to impeach Governor Fayose. It is also fresh in minds the huge amount Aregbesola expended on the last Ekiti governorship poll, Lagos governorship poll, and the Presidential project of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“Also, a group of miscreants called “State Boys” are being illegal armed and financed by government to unleash terror on many indigenes of the state by the ruling party. “All these actions and many other wasteful spending led us to where we are now which if they could be reversed could bring financial reserves for the state” “But if Aregbesola will not treat this advise with disdain, and henceforth, begin to act as governor of all, we believe at least, he will be able to pay few months of the backlog of salaries owed workers and retirees.