Osun APC, PDP bicker over alleged Adeleke’s failure to hold executive meeting

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TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

The All Progressives Congress in Osun State has accused the People’s Democratic Party-led administration in the state of bring ineptitude and failing to keep to promises it made to the people of the state.

According to a statement by the state chairman of the APC, Tajudeen Lawal on Monday, Governor Ademola Adeleke has refused to hold state executive council meeting after 54 days he inaugurated his cabinet members.

Lawal sensitised stakeholders in the state project not to treat the issue with levity as it is strange for a democratic state government to refuse to hold executive meetings for about two months.

Lawal observed that, “the laissez-faire approach of Governor Adeleke to governance is a confirmation that he is only attracted to the glamour of the office without having any tangible programme for the development of the state.”

The state APC chairman wondered how Adeleke has been appropriating funds for the running of the state without holding the state executive meetings.

He also stated that it was an absurdity for the governor to have relocated the Governor’s Office and the Government House to his sister’s residence in Ede where he resides ten months after the inauguration of his administration.

“The kick-and-start Governor Adeleke has proved to be a misfit in the administration of a complex state like Osun State as his government is full of failed promises since its inception,” he claimed.

Reacting in a statement, the PDP chairman in the state, Sunday Bisi, described APC “as an irredeemably discredited platform swimming in political darkness and seeking redemption through false saintly garb and denial of impressive progress under the Adeleke administration.

Bisi added, “In the last nine months, the Adeleke governorship has been working tirelessly to clean up the mess the shameless accusers of today left behind through rebuilding the foundation of many sectors from infrastructures to health and education. Instead of APC to cover its head in shame for running the state aground, it found petty assignment in frivolous accusations which portray the opposition as sinking deeper into political oblivion.

“What is better tagged as ineptitude as the monumental failure of the APC administration that left the state infrastructure in total collapse, that destroyed the public service, that abandoned billions of critical state projects, that inhumanly mistreated workers and pensioners, that mismanaged state economy with over N400 billion debt.

“What is more clueless than the APC government that left Osun as number 33 on public examination rating, that abandoned the state university without project support, that politicized the take off of University of Ilesa and that looted all government quarters in the most capricious manner in state history.

“The APC stewardship in Osun is so retrogressive and destructive that Osun people holistically rejected the party and its cronies at all levels of elections. That terrible governance era is still fresh in the minds of Osun people and our people are grateful that Governor Adeleke is rebuilding in close consultation with the people. The great performance of the PDP administration is self-evident for all to see.”

Also responding to APC’s claim, spokesperson to Governor Adeleke, Olawale Rasheed reminded the APC that former Governor Gboyega Oyetola held his maiden state executive council meeting on November 4, 2019, almost a year after the 2018 governorship election.

“It is therefore a probable loss of memory for the state APC to accuse the current administration of either not holding or not announcing to the public the meetings of the state executive council meeting.

“As much as we are not using the abysmal record of the previous government as a yardstick, we pointed out this obvious deceit and memory loss to further help the public to see the falsity in the badly split state APC and the incorrigibleness of the state party leadership,” he said.