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Osun: APC, PDP Trade Words On Proposed Summit

Posted: Jul 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo


A socio-political organisation, Osun Stakeholders, has stressed the need for a summit on the affairs of the state, with a view to addressing challenges facing Osun, particularly its finances and unpaid salaries of government workers.

Spokespersons for the group, renowned activist, Yinka Odumakin and former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Niyi Owolade, at the weekend unveiled the proposed summit, billed to hold on Thursday, July23, 2015.

Odumakin and Owolade disclosed that the group expected more than 250 delegates from all corners of the state for the summit, which will comprise former governor, their deputies, former senators and speakers of the House of Assembly, traditional rulers, industrial unions, political parties, elder statesmen, business leaders; members of academic community, and religious leaders, among others.

They, however, exempted present political office holders from the planned summit, claiming that it would not want to summit have political colourations.

The group said: “We have review the situation in the state and come to the conclusion that even if the vaults of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) were to be opened to our state, we would not be able to get out of this bankruptcy, if there are no right ideas to manage its affairs.”

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has faulted the proposed summit, describing it as a camouflage for chaos.

While alleging that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was behind the summit, the APC, in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, called on security agents to be on alert and keep a close watch on the organisers of the summit.

The APC alleged that the organisers were surrogates of Osun PDP governorship candidate in the last election, Iyiola Omisore.

The party said, “The summit is a ploy intended to beat security and create the atmosphere for mayhem, which the security agencies had foiled on several occasions.”

The APC alleged that since the strike of civil servants and teachers began, the PDP had attempted on several occasions to create a situation of insecurity in Osun.

The APC advised all lovers of freedom of speech, peace and security in the state to be careful, not to get trapped in a potentially violent situation that the PDP is trying to create through a “voodoo” summit.

The party stated that Odumakin and the other conveners of the “so-called summit,” do not have any superior contribution to make that could surpass what Professor Wole Soyinka, erudite professors and? professionals in education had given to the Governor Rauf Aregbeosola-led government.

“The Wole Soyinka Summit’s advice and recommendation ? on how to reposition education in Osun is beyond what Omisore, PDP and the so-called stakeholders can ever produce,” APC said.

On the question of finance, which the proposed Stakeholders’ summit intends to discuss, the APC said that the conveners lack any moral, political, professional or ethical basis to venture into that area.

“In 90 months of their rule, they were limited to N300 million internally generated revenue (IGR), whereas in about 40 months of Aregbesola’s administration, he raised the IGR five times as much, without imposing any additional tax.

“Besides, the APC has it on good authority that the purpose of the summit is to create an atmosphere conducive to chaos and that the majority of those who will attend that summit are PDP thugs, criminals and vandals.

“The citizens of Osun should not be deceived and we appeal to security agencies not to let down their guard, because the PDP in its desperation will clutch at any straw to create mayhem and the Thursday summit is one of them,” the APC said.