A group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has urged the National Assembly to reject the ministerial nomination of the former Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola saying that he made life “unbearable” for the people of the state while he was governor for eight years.
The group in a statement issued in Osogbo on Thursday and signed by its Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman and Secretary, Comrade Ebenezer Oladapo explained that clearing Aregbesola as a ministerial candidate would be very unfortunate, sad and an act detrimental to the ethos of good governance.
According to CSCEOS, Aregbesola administered the most oppressive, corruptible and wicked government in Osun State, adding that the ex-governor is not worthy in all ramifications to be saddled with the leadership responsibility at the national level.
“Aregbesola’s reign brought untold pains and hardship on the people.
“We wondered in the first instance how President Muhammadu Buhari had to include Aregbesola in his ministerial list. Which ministry is he going to serve? Did Buhari ever investigate how Aregbesola managed Osun State? Did Buhari know that Aregbesola’s governance brought Osun unto her kneels?
“He destroyed the state education and health sectors. Aregbesola cannot record a single success in the mainstream sector which is agriculture. Roads are in comatose in the state. Why is a kilometer of road in Osun being awarded at the rate of N1billion? Yet, Osun is the third most indebted state in Nigeria courtesy of Aregbesola.
“Let our senators ask Aregbesola what happened to the so called tablet of knowledge “Opon-Imo”, O-Uniform, O-Ram, O-Tram, O-Meat, O-School, O-Hub and many other “O” projects. Let them ask Aregbesola how much he spent on MKO Abiola airport. Let the senators ask our former governor how he spent over N500billion loans he took.
“We need answers to why out of 36 states, he was the only one who changed the name of the state to “State of Osun” and why was he the only one running a parliamentary system in the state local governments in a presidential system?
“Aregbesola should tell the world who the “State Boys” are? He should tell everyone why he decided to be paying half salaries to workers and why he refused to pay retirees in spite of billions of naira bailouts by the federal government.
CSCEO stated that Aregbesola does not fit to represent the state in the yet to be constituted Buhari-led government, urging him to withdraw the ministerial nominee.
But the media to the ex-governor, Mr Sola Fasure dismissed these allegations saying everyone in the state was happy when the news of Aregbesola’s nomination broke out.
Fasure, in his reaction on Friday described Suleiman as a rebel who has been perpetually angry without a cause.
He said none of the allegations made against the former Governor before the EFCC and ICPC has succeeded maintaining that these allegations were unfounded.
According to Fasure, “the entire state erupted into rapturous joy, with echoes reverberation to Lagos, on hearing the nomination of Ogbeni Aregbesola, except his unrelenting haters and traducers who have been mourning since.
“Who is the disgruntled element behind this one-man NGO? This is a perpetually angry person; a rebel without cause. Which of his petitions against Aregbesola to EFCC and ICPC and all the unfounded allegations he made has ever succeeded? I will advise him to find real job.”