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The Peoples Democratic Party has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to beam their searchlights on the finance of the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola . The PDP chairman in Osun State, Mr . Soji Adagunodo, made this call at a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday .

The senator representing the Osun East Senatorial District at the Senate, Ademola Adeleke , and many governorship aspirants of the party including a former Secretary to the State Government , Alhaji Fatai Akinbade ; a former Speaker , Adejare Bello , and Chief Nathaniel Oke ( SAN) , were present at the briefing .

The party said the audited report of the state government which the European Union transparency initiative forced them to release to the public was replete with alleged glaring evidence of financial recklessness .

The PDP chairman said , “For example , the Office of the Governor which is principally made up of the Governor , Deputy Governor , Secretary to the State Government and the Chief of Staff , expended a sum of N6 , 367 , 390 , 350 . 64 in one year . This was higher than the entire money spent on education, agriculture and health in the same year .

“ Of this figure , the sum of over N5 bn and N50 m was spent on overheads in the office of the governor . This was an increase of almost 400 per cent on the sum of N1 . 2 bn spent on the same overheads in 2015. The question is what could be responsible for this astronomical rise in the overhead cost of running the Office of the Governor within 12 months ? How much of this money was funnelled into private pockets and on political patronage ?”

He said the huge money spent by the governor on running his office happened in a year when the state got zero allocation and borrowed over N26 bn.

Adagunodo lamented that it was in the same year that Osun was ranked the fourth in the list of states with the highest domestic debt in Nigeria .

The other three states – Lagos , Delta and Akwa -Ibom, are very high earners from the federation account and internally generated revenue.

The PDP chairman claimed further that Aregbesola according to the audited report , spent over N276 m on the improvement of his office infrastructure in 2016 , while a paltry sum of N1 . 18 m was spent on the improvement of infrastructure in the hospitals in the 30 local government areas and the Ife East area office in the same year .

Some of the other alleged wasteful expenses according to him are: over N10 m spent on the building of a website called the O – JOB portal as well as several millions of naira on the maintenance of an aircraft .

Adagunodo said . “ Another sad revelation coming out from very credible government sources was the approval and payment of an additional sum of N1 bn as variation cost on the construction of three prototype high schools in Iwo , Osogbo and Ilesa .

“ Even though this contract was awarded in 2013 and some of these schools were inaugurated in 2016 , the Aregbesola administration approved an upward review of the contract sum from N4 . 05 bn to N5 . 002 bn in January 2018 . This , to all intents and purposes , is contrary to the provisions of extant financial regulations and principles of accountability . ”

The party chairman said the PDP was compelled to come out with the alleged financial recklessness in order to sensitise the people and to show them why Osun State was in a financial mess with unpaid salaries and pensions .

But the Commissioner for Information , Mr . Adelani Baderinwa , when contacted described the allegations of the opposition party as spurious and baseless .He said the PDP was coming out with these allegations because of the success of the tour of the federal constituencies recorded by the governor .

He urged the people of the state to discountenance what he called concocted lies to tarnish the image of the government and continue to support the ruling APC government which he said had brought unprecedented development to the state .

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BREAKING: Abuja Group Obtains APC Nomination Form For Obaseki [PHOTO]

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An Abuja based group, Obaseki Mandate Forum (OMF) on Wednesday secured All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship re-election nomination form for the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

The chairman of the forum, Chief Nathaniel Momoh obtained the nomination form from the party’s National Secretariat on behalf of Governor Obaseki, few hours after another aspirant; Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has picked his nomination form.

Addressing newsmen after the purchase of the form, Momoh said electorates from the 18 local government councils of the State, party members, apolitical citizens, and residents in the State and Abuja joined forces together to pick the nomination and expression of interest form for the governor.

The forum said their decision was informed by Obaseki’s Stirling performance in the last four years which he said has proved that the governor has the capacity to move the State forward, in spite of the many challenges and distractions that have manifested in various forms.

According to Momoh, “this form, willfully and freely purchased by the people represents the mandate of the Edo people – young and old, city-bred and rural dwellers, who are witnesses to the gradual transformation of their communities by the steady advancement of governance that touches the life of the people.

“This form represents the buy-in and acceptability of majority of Edo people, both at home and in the diaspora, who tasked themselves to ensure that their mandate is secured in the candidature of Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, for the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

“This form further signposts the will of the people and defeat of any kind of imposition plotted or being plotted against the Edo people. By this purchase, the good people of Edo State have spoken with one voice and have decided to entrust their mandate on His Excellency, the hardworking incumbent Governor, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki to continue with his developmental strides”.

The forum maintained that “Obaseki is not just an APC project. It is also the project of the market woman in Uselu Market, the trader in Aviele, Council of Chiefs in 05050, then 18 years and above student in Owan, the fruit trader in Iruekpen, that meat seller in Agenebode, that palm wine tapper in Esan, the cassava farmer in Ikpeshi, and many others who stood solidly behind His Excellency”.

Momoh then said that Obaseki’s, “is not a project for a gang of elites, who seek to whet their appetite with political power, relevance and undue control of the resources of the State, but one for the masses and well-meaning individuals passionate about the progress and development of the State.”

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BREAKING: Ize-Iyamu Collects APC Governorship Form

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Wednesday collected the nomination form for the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Edo state governorship election is slated for September 19, 2020.

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BREAKING: Redeemed Church Pastor Ize-Iyamu Emerges Edo APC Governorship Candidate, Obaseki Dumped

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo.

Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through a consensus arrangement.

The Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG) was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.

Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor, Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon and the current Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.

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