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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: APC Has No Candidate In Bayelsa, Court Rules 2 Days To Guber Election

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The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no candidate for the Saturday governorship election in the state.

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BREAKING: APC Factions ‘Suspend’ Oshiomhole, Obaseki, Others

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The crisis in rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress got messier on Wednesday as factions of the party rectified suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki, and others.

At a meeting of APC leaders at the party secretariat, the suspension of Oshiomhole and some party local government chairmen were upheld.

The suspension of Obaseki, his Deputy, Philip Shaibu and others were carried out at the residence of General Charles Airhiavbere by the Edo Peoples Movement, a pressure group within the APC.

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Bayelsa Guber: PDP Flags Off Campaign, As Diri Seeks Bayelsans Support

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Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri has called on members of the party and all Bayelsans to support the party and ensure it emerges victorious.

Senator Diri assured the people of Bayelsa State that his government will be committed to industrialization and open several frontiers through which youths of the state can be gainfully employed.

Speaking during the flag-off of PDP gubernatorial campaign ahead of the November 16 governorship election at the Yenagoa Boat Club and OxBow Lake Grand Pavilion, which was witnessed by a mammoth crowd of party faithful across the eight local government area of the state, Senator Diri decried the antics of some other parties to threaten and intimidate those who have decided to willfully support the PDP, and urged all Bayelsans to remain undaunted in the face of such threats

The PDP candidate also lauded the efforts of Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson for transforming Yenagoa from an underdeveloped city to one which has several monumental projects that have improved the quality of the lives of Bayelsans.

His words: “Get ready because that Brass LNG must work so that our youths will have employment so that Bayelsa will be a safe haven for investment, it will attract more investment to Bayelsa.

“I want to thank you all my party members, supporters and very industrious people of the Peoples Democratic Party, the only thing we owe ourselves and the generation yet unborn is to ensure that Bayelsa State develops.

“Those of us from the old Yenagoa local government area, we know that Yenagoa is no longer what it was. Yenagoa has moved from being a monologue road local government headquarters to being a brawling and developing city.

“There are monumental projects that our children will come and clap hands for you and me. One of them is the airport, it will outlive this government. We will no longer go to neighboring states to look for a plane to travel out of Bayelsa. We will remain here in Bayelsa and travel out of this place.

“So I want to thank all of you and believe that the numbers you have come out with, that you will come the same way on November 16 2019.”

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