As controversies still rage over the petition authored by a serving judge of an Osun State High Court, Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede, a frontline human rights activist in the State and Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO), Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman has asked the State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, why he was jittery over the petition
The activist said Aregbesola had been running from pillar to post over the petition because the governor knows that all the information and allegation raised in the petition are correct. The governor had allegedly at the weekend said the allegations against him in the petition were baseless just as he took a swipe at journalists for celebrating the petition in the media
In reaction, Comrade Sulaiman insisted that all the information in Justice Oloyede’s petition were correct, intact and truthful adding that this was the reason why the state government was using all the means, including engaging Mrs. Folanke Solanke, SAN and Professor Itse Sagay, SAN with the sum of N100 million to ensure that the petition did not see the light of the day.
In a statement issued and signed by Comrade Sulaiman and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the activist, faulted Aregbesola’s response to the petition and blaming of journalists for performing their constitutional role to the society, saying it was a bad development for Governor Aregbesola to be an ingrate to media practitioners in Nigeria, especially in relation to what journalists did for him to reclaim his mandate in 2010 and as well to stabilise his government.
Disagreeing with Aregbesola over claiming of N204 billion funds accruing to the state from the Federation Account, as against N508 billion alleged in the petition, Suleiman maintained that Aregbesola forgot to explain what happened to the other funds like Sure-P, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) fund, Excess Crude Oil, and the Ecological Fund that came to the state for a period of four years in his first term in office from Federation Account.
He said that Mr. Aregbesola should be bold enough to also tell the whole world how he spent other funds like the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), federal lawmakers constituency allowances, Workers Pension Contributory Fund, Workers Cooperative Deduction loan, bond fund and commercial banks loan.
The comrade said: “let us use this opportunity to tell the public that we have done series of private investigations into all the funds accruing to the state from all the sources and we have seen that Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is economical with the truth on funds the state obtained so far.
“We have been saying it that only truth from Aregbesola can proffer a lasting solution to the problem facing the State presently, not from any kangaroo summit. There are so many funds accruing to the state which Mr. Governor did not declare. “But, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has begun digging his government’s grave by launching a serious attack against journalists in the land over publicity given to the Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede’s petition at the weekend.
“If Aregbesola is not jittery over the courageous jurist’s petition, why is he now attacking the men of the pen profession that helped him to reclaim his mandate and stabilise his government over the publicity in the media accorded the petition?”