Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, led by Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of shielding Governor Rauf Aregbesola from investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, over the mismanagement of the state finances since he came into office in November 2010.
At a press conference in Osogbo yesterday, Sulaiman in his address entitled: “How President Muhammadu Buhari is shielding Governor Rauf Aregbesola From Investigation By Anti-Graft Bodies Over Criminal Financial Mismanagement,” demanded that Aregbesola should be probed in line with petition of the courageous High Court judge, Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede, where she called for a thorough and credible investigation of allegations of a “deliberate and criminal mismanagement of the economy of Osun State” by Aregbesola and the deputy governor, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori.
Sulaiman alleged that Osun State House of Assembly’s All Progressives Congress, APC’s seven-man panel under the leadership of the Hon. Adegboye Akintunde had concluded arrangement to give Aregbesola a clean bill.
According to him, the panel would come up with a report that Justice Oloyede is not mentally fit and that all her allegations against the governor are frivolous.
His words: “With respect to Governor Aregbesola’s response to Oloyede’s petition which the Speaker of the Assembly said he had received, the governor once again, in his usual manner, exhibited his grandstanding, disregard for due process and trivialising matters of public interest.
“His response to the many serious and verifiable allegations of criminal mismanagement of Osun State’s economy contained in Oloyede’s petition is so watery and devoid of any substance except abuses of the person of the Honourable Judge (someone much more educated and respectable than Aregbesola). His choice of language betrayed his lack of decency and decorum.
“In fact, the response questions are not suitable for the exalted position of a state governor. Governor Aregbesola should be ashamed of himself for sending response that primary six pupil that is preparing for a common entrance examination would not write as a reply,” he lamented.
The activist alleged that President Buhari had directed the two anti-graft bodies not to take any step on the heaps of allegations of gross mismanagement of the state, believing that with time, those who are raising voices on the criminal mismanagement of Osun’s allocation from the Federation Account by Aregbesola would stop when the anti-graft bodies do not yield to their request of probing the state government.
He condemned Buhari’s position on the matter, describing the development as anti-masses and ungodly as it is against the anti-corruption drive of the President’s administration of not going to spare anybody including his APC faithful.
According to him, “Information at our disposal from the Presidency revealed that President Buhari has sent note of warning to the two anti-graft bodies (EFFCC and ICPC) from investigating Osun State government under Rauf Adesoji Arebesola because Osun case has become the global issue which the APC-led Federal Government does not want further damages.
“We are surprised that despite the fact that Oloyede’s petition was sent to the EFCC and ICPC about two months ago, these agencies of the
Federal Government, under President Buhari, have refused to respond to this matter of urgent public interest which led to the death of many citizens from extreme poverty occasioned by the governor’s failure to pay salaries, pensions and cooperative deductions thereby killing commercial activities and threatening the security of life and property in the state,” he said.