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The Governor-elect of Osun State, Mr Ademola Adeleke has issued a warning to the incumbent Governor, Gboyega Oyetola against diversion of government properties to private ownership before handing over the state to him.
Mr Adeleke in a statement on Thursday by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, raised the alarm over plot by some allies of Mr Oyetola to acquire some of the state properties.
“We have it on good authority that Osun state assets within the state, Kogi, Lagos, Abuja and outside the shore of the country are being tampered with for private acquisition. We have detailed reports of several properties currently being processed for ownership transfer involving serving commissioners and top government officials, hence serious warning to those involved in the illegal deals” Mr Adeleke said.
The governor-elect said it also received reports that the incumbent administration is planning to bankrupt the state finances through several contracts awarding before the handing over date.
Mr Adeleke threatened that when sworn in, he will investigate anybody found guilty of mismanaging the state government properties.
“Emerging reports also indicate several shady conducts ongoing within the state finance ministry Aside N17 billion loan allegedly taken by the Governor to prosecute the lost election, we are inundated with credible reports of emergency contract awards, hurried processing of payments vouchers and a grand agenda to incurr further debt under the guise of project implementation. There is an elaborate plot to further bankrupt the state to complicate governance under the new administration.
“We want to use this medium to warn all those involved in this criminal endeavour to desist from these nefarious activities as we will hold everybody accountable for their conduct. Let it be known to the Governor and his team that we have the complete records and inventory of Osun state assets. We are in possession of records of what was handed over to the Governor by his predecessor as well as true state of Osun finance and properties.
“Therefore, we put on notice that any attempt to divert state properties and muddle up Osun finances will be visited with full measure of accountability.
“Every government official from top to bottom will be called to account for their deeds and handling of government’s assets. We specifically warn bureaucrats to safeguard their career by refusing to collaborate with any appointed and elected officials engaging in such criminal conduct”.
Responding, the State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, described the claims by the governor-elect as untrue.
Mrs Egbemode in a statement said there are no records that the incumbent government obtained N17billion loan to run election.
“We have seen the press statement that is in circulation from the camp of Senator Ademola Adeleke, poisoning the public with lies and raising false alarms just to heat up the polity, of the state, as is their practice.
“We did not take any N17billion loan to prosecute the election, just as no government official has embarked on any looting or diversion of any government assets/property as being claimed by the PDP” Mrs Egbemode said.
She called on the people of the State to ignore the governor-elect’s claim.
“Governor Oyetola already has a reputation, Mr. Adeleke is the one trying to build one for himself. It is a more strategic option to build in silence.
“We are calling on the people of Osun to ignore the fake lamentations of the incurable propagandists. Governor Oyetola has done well thus far and he will continue to do right by the people”
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