Osun State based Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, has warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola against using the meager resources of the state to fund the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States.
A statement issued and signed by CSCEOS’s Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Suleiman, which was made available to Nigerian Pilot, noted that “it has been the habitual character of Aregbesola to illegally spend state resources on frivolous elections of his party in other states since he came into power in November 2010 after the ruling of Justice Clara Ogunbiyi-led Appeal Court in Ibadan.”
The group claimed that billions of naira of “state public funds had been spent to sponsor elections in Ondo, Kogi, Anambra and other states vis a vis the 2015 presidential election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Also, the October 20, 2012 Ondo State governorship election were billions of naira were spent on a fruitless political journey on the side of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria’s, ACN, candidate, Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, were sponsored by the governor.’’
It disclosed that the 2012 Ondo election project committee was led by Aregbesola’s former Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Integration, Mr. Surajudeen Adebayo, and a major part of the money set aside for the unprofitable project was siphoned by Adebayo and his co-travelers. The group called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to beam its searchlight on the state government as regard the forthcoming election in those states.
Comrade Sulaiman also alleged that billions of naira out of local government funds diverted by the state government has been set aside to sponsor the governorship elections in the two states.
The rights activist noted that the reckless spending of the past by Aregbesola caused the long financial crisis that has been ravaging the state since 2014 which made it to borrow money from the Rivers State Government under Rotimi Amaechi and Adeleke’s family to pay workers salaries in 2014.
Sulaiman, who faulted Aregbesola’s plan to commit state/local government funds on the election of other states, described his action as anti-masses, illegal, unconstitutional and a crime against humanity, noting that it is a surprise that a state under Aregbesola which cannot constitute a State Executive Council, SEC, and conduct local government election for almost six and two years respectively and is still owing workers and retirees under the guise of financial crunch, could want to set aside funds to sponsor governorship elections in other states.

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