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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Omisore calls on Gov. Aregbesola to resign

People's Democratic Party's governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, called on Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to resign from his position as governor.

He should allow people with goodwill to run the government because under his watch, the state is on "life support."

Speaking with newsmen at the Peoples Democratic Party's state secretariat in Osogbo on Sunday, Omisore said for Aregbesola to have admitted that the issue of Osun was beyond his capacity, he expected him to have communicated the state House of Assembly and honourably vacate the seat of governor.

He said: "Osun is now a failed state because of financial recklessness of the governor. I really appreciate the fact that he confessed the present state of Osun affairs is beyond him and he should immediately throw in the towel.

"Nearly all commercial banks in Osun are being owed one form of loan or the other. The matter has reached that stage that the committee of bankers in the state at their meeting resolved that no bank should borrow this government any more. They are also waiting for remittances into stats coffers.

"As soon as money comes in, they garnishee it. The situation calls for sober reflections and we will also look at ways we are going to help our people in a manner that will not ridicule them."

In a reaction, Governor Aregbesola said  ‎"given the tendency that Omisore represents, even if Osun were to come under the most incompetent of public administrators, he would still not be the alternative that Osun people want to live with.

In a statement by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon: "An Omisore governorship is better imagined than experienced. Is it in his obvious lack of knowledge of what public administration and selfless service to the people is or that he represents a party that is actually responsible for Nigeria's present predicament through its 16 years of misrule?

"We are not surprised that the unpaid salary has made Omisore to find his voice after his fruitless search for a non-existent mandate. We do not expect anything better from a man who at the best of times, still fabricated lies against the Aregbesola administration all in his desperation to get the acceptance of the Osun people."

The governor said his administration was not reckless, maintain that the records and evidence abound to establish the fact.

According to him, "The National Bureau of Statistics, the Debt Management Office of the Presidency, and other agencies that operated under the PDP, could not find anything against me (Aregbesola) other than statistics that confirm how the Osun economy has been improved.

"We recognise the hardship unpaid salaries can bring and we are appealing to our people for understanding and assuring them this will soon come to an end. But that is not to say that the likes of Omisore have any ideas that are capable of helping our people."

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