The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress and the state government on Monday further disagreed on the achievements of Governor Ademola Adeleke in the first year of the governor’s administration.
The Osun APC chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement on Monday, catalogued alleged infractions committed by Adeleke since he came on board as the governor and passed a failed verdict on him.
But addressing the media on the occasion of the first anniversary of the administration, the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Kolapo Alimi, listed the achievements recorded in each sector in the first year of the Adeleke administration, saying the governor surpassed first anniversary achievements of his predecessor in office, Adegboyega Oyetola.
But scoring Adeleke low, the opposition party chairman said, “Adeleke has failed to honour his campaign promises of clearing of a backlog of salaries of the government workers within 100 days in office; lacking accountability in the management of state resources; awarding revenue collection contract to friends and cronies; inability to block leakages; failure to account for over N130bn revenue accrued to the state in the last 12 months; mismanagement of N9bn Federal Government palliative fund.”
But addressing journalists at the Government Secretariat, Abere to mark the first anniversary of the administration, Alimi said the only project inaugurated by Adeleke’s predecessor on his first anniversary was a health centre, adding that the incumbent had exceeded expectations.
The commissioner said, “I read Oyetola’s speech on his first anniversary as governor. The only project he inaugurated was a health centre financed with a $20m grant from the Federal Government. Adeleke has exceeded expectations. They (APC) are mischievous. Their prayer now is that the five flyovers that Adeleke plans to execute will not be done. This government will execute those projects.
“They (APC) know that once those projects are done, it will be the end of their political move. If we could go ahead to have two flyovers in Osogbo, one in Ife, Ikirun and Ede, and we are able to dualise roads in Ilesa, Ikirun, and other places, they know that is their end politically. So, they are on their knees praying that we will fail. They have been attacking us since we launched our infrastructure plan.
“That is the reason for the attack on Adeleke government. The APC in its statement today mentioned the issue of N10b for the governor’s office, Iree Polytechnic, the mentioned the issue of the Chief Judge. They will never say Adeleke has not performed but they are just looking for fault. They just want to talk.”