The governor elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke has cautioned outgoing governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his allies against looting and diverting government properties into private ownership.
This is as the Osun government has described as untrue the claim by Adeleke, accusing him of peddling lies and propaganda just to curry underserved public sympathy, insisting that Governor Oyetola does not have a background of pilfering or misappropriating funds.
Adeleke in a statement issued and signed by his aide, Olawale Rasheed copy of which was made available to CEOAFRICA in Osogbo said the report has reached him of the alleged plot to loot and divert government property and assets to private ownership and bankrupt state finances ahead of change of government.
The statement reads, “The attention of the office of the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke has been drawn to unwholesome criminal activities by some government functionaries and appointees under the watch of Governor Gboyega Oyetola directed towards pilfering of state assets, conversion of public assets into private ownership, illegal awards of licences and incurring of superfluous loans and expenditure.
“We have it on good authority that Osun state assets within the state, Kogi, Lagos, Abuja and outside the shore of the country are being tampered with for private acquisition. We have detailed reports of several properties currently being processed for ownership transfer involving serving commissioners and top government officials, hence serious warning to those involved in the illegal deals.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, had noted that “we know where Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governor-elect, is coming from, and the world also knows the antecedent of the incumbent governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, the hardworking leader, who has served the people of Osun State meritoriously. He does not have the background of pilfering or misappropriating funds. The records are there for verification.”
In a statement, titled “Osun PDP’s incurable penchant for falsehood, propaganda,” the state’s spokesperson further said: “We have seen the press statement that is in circulation from the camp of Senator Ademola Adeleke, poisoning the public with lies and raising false alarms just to heat up the polity, of the state, as is their practice.”