Civil Society Loyal To APC Endorses Aregbesola’s Probe

By Ikenga Chronicles December 7, 2016

Civil Society Loyal To APC Endorses Aregbesola’s Probe

A civil society group, sympathetic to the All Progressives Congress (APC) known as the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has endorsed the urgent probe of Bola Tinubu’s political son and Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola.

The group in a statement on Wednesday, December 7 signed by its Chairman, Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman revealed that the Federal Government has the right to probe the bailout fund of Osun State government.

It declared that the National Assembly has the right and power as part of its oversight functions, to probe the State government finances under the watch of  Aregbesola in line with section 62 (1&2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Recall that it was alleged that Aregbesola, twenty-Six (26) members of the Osun State House of Assembly, including its Speaker diverted the bailout funds meant for the payment of backlogs of workers’ salaries, pension and gratuities.

Sulaiman, reiterated that the National Assembly has every right to probe Aregbesola’s mismanagement of funds and criminal diversion of bailout funds which accrued to the State in line with the Provision of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the group, “If Rauf Aregbesola and his co-travellers did not have hidden agenda on the diversion of bailout funds, why are they jittery over the probe of the National Assembly? You will recall[that] in the media recently, Mr. Aregbesola and State House of Assembly led by Najeem Salaam have been shattering the probe panel of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly because they have hidden agenda on the bailout funds and other funds [that]accrued to the State from Federation Account.”

‘’We strongly condemn Aregbesola for being insensitive to the plight of the workers and retirees alike in the State. As we are speaking here today, some members of our group (CSCEOS) and few patriots in the State are ready to appear before the panel to tender mind boggling documents on how Aregbesola diverted the bailout funds.”

“The leaders and entire members of the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS)  which cut across the length and breadth of the State, are worried over the future of the State in the hands of Aregbesola and his cohorts as Twenty-Six (26) members, including Speaker, Najeem Salaam, of the State House of Assembly are satisfied with the unconstitutional and illegal way and manner  that Aregbesola has employed to govern the State in over Six (6) years as Sole Administrator, without State Cabinet and non-conduct of Local government election, huge domestic and foreign debts; diversion of local government funds, non-payment  of workers’ salaries, Pension and gratuities for period of Ten (10) to Eleven (11) months;appointment of Grade Level 14  as Council Managers instead of democratically elected officials in the Local government areas of the State as stipulated in section 7 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;bastardization of Education and Health sector of the State;capital flight to Lagos State;criminal mismanagement of State funds;diversion of bailout funds;using State funds to sponsor fruitless electoral process in another State of the Federation since 2011 till date;and other constitutional breaches”.

While welcoming the Senate Committee on State and local Government administration in Nigeria to the State, the group commended Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, for exposing Aregbesola over alleged plan to divert the sum of N84billion Paris Club funds which the Presidency released to the State recently to pay the backlog of workers’ salaries and pension due and other financial obligations.

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