Wednesday 10 April 2024

Adeleke's Inglorious Conduct At Birthday Party When Workers Are Being Owed Their Wage Award.. - Osun APC .....Tells Him To Account For Over N200bn Federal Government Allocations, Others Collected In 15 Months

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chided the state Governor Ademola Adeleke for fiddling and merrying in far away Lagos when the state was burning on account of his nonchalant attitude to the welfare of the citizens of Osun State. 

It would be recalled that Governor Adeleke became an instant article of joke when he turned himself to a video vixen at the 82nd birthday anniversary of the ace Juju musician, Ebenezer Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi popularly known as 'Ebenezer Obey' at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, last Wednesday, at a time the civil servants and pensioners in the state were yet to receive their wage award for the month of March.

In his remark on the development, the Osun State chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party's Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, today, said ideally, there was nothing wrong in a governor honouring an illustrious Nigerian like Chief Ebenezer Obey, but the timing was most inappropriate for a mediocre governor who has not deemed it fit to discharge his statutory obligations at home, despite the increased federal allocation to the state. 

The state APC chairman, who berated the handlers of the governor for not doing enough to guide him aright, described the Adeleke singing and twerking session at the Sheraton Hotel as an executive show of shame which has diminished the rating of Osun State in the court of the public worldwide.

He questioned the rationale behind the frolicking session of Governor Adeleke when he has abruptly stopped the public school feeding programme which recorded appreciable success during the administrations of his predecessors.

In the words of the Osun State APC chairman:  "What could have been the source of joy of a state executive who has been digging a gutter when the houses of the governed are on metaphorical fire in the state?

"I keep wondering why Governor Adeleke who could not justify the receipt of the over N200 billion (net) in Federal allocation within the 15 months of his administration, coupled with N14 billion cash in bank he inherited from the former Governor Gboyega Oyetola, is always comfortable attending night clubs, disco parties and social events in Lagos and Abuja.

"Could there be a justifiable reason under the sun for a governor who could not properly account for N39.5 billion Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2023; series of the Federal Government palliative supports meant for the poor amounting to over N13 billion and other revenues from some donor agencies, to take to dancing and frolicking in the public?

"Why have the state workers and pensioners not received their inadequate palliative wage for the month of March? It is either the governor is wicked or the state is broke. Even if the payment is effected today, 9th day of April, it can't atone for the suffering the governor has made the innocent workers and senior citizens to go through.

"The accidental governor of the state has definitely missed the golden opportunity to shine at the auspicious time in the life of his uneventful administration as there is no way that he could make any meaningful impact on the development of the state with the time left for his government.

"It shall be written in a pencil against his name at the end of his ignominious tenure that Governor Adeleke came, danced, sang but refused to do the right thing", Lawal stated.


Sooko TAJUDEEN LAWAL,                            Chairman, Osun State APC.                                                        

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