- Senator Ademola Adeleke has reacted to the comment made by Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state
- Oyetola had said that Adeleke was not fit to be a governorship candidate of any political party let alone be a governor of the state
- But Adeleke, who was the PDP's candidate during 2018 governorship election in the state, noted that people preferred honest dancer to treasury looter
The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the September 22, 2018, governorship election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has replied Governor Gboyega Oyetola over his recent comment about him.
Governor Oyetola had on Wednesday, July 17, said that he felt ridiculed to have contested against Adeleke during the election.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun, Ibrahim Akinola, reports that Senator Adeleke in a statement issued on Thursday, July 18, said dancing to exude happiness and joy is far better than imposing sorrows and untold hardship on people by looting public treasury.
He said there was nothing wrong in dancing especially when praising God, adding that everything is wrong with the exploitation of the weak and underprivileged.
"Osun people know that I am not the facilitator and prime partaker in the looting of the state treasury. For more than eight years, Gboyega Oyetola was the chief enabler of the most corrupt, inept and anti-people administration in the history of Osun state.
"What is more shameful in Yoruba land than theft? I dare Oyetola to walk the streets of Osun alongside me and see who will get mobbed and stoned by the embittered citizens of our dear state. The people had voted the honest dancer and rejected the false progressives who had ruined the fortunes of Osun state and sentenced generations unborn to excruciating debt burden," he said.
Adeleke also stressed that it is shameful for the governor to be gloating over daylight electoral robbery which was said to have been roundly condemned as injustice across all sectors of Nigerian society and the international community.
He said the people of the state were denied the supremacy of their will but the court foisted on them a governor they did not elect.
"Osun people will remember that immediately after the apex court ruling, I issued a press statement congratulating Oyetola and restraining our members and supporters from violence and anti-peace actions.
"I claim credit for restoring normalcy, peace and stability to Osun state after the protracted governorship battle. At a time Oyetola and his band of usurpers were at a loss on how to manage the usurpation and its resultant tension in the land, I deployed diplomacy, putting the safety of our people above all considerations despite the blatant robbery you now call electoral loss," he added.
He alleged that Oyetola's record as the chief of staff to former governor Rauf Aregbesola confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but showed his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition.
"Let me remind Oyetola that his records as chief of staff to Rauf Aregbesola clearly confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but shows his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition.
"Workers are still being owed with the wicked half salary designed by Oyetola still in operation. Pensioners are still being owed their gratuities and benefits. The many abandoned projects which had been fully or mostly paid for still litter the state, the MKO Abiola Aiport remains a jungle with no single structure standing despite N26bn purportedly wasted on the project is of many examples," Adeleke noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Oyetola described Adeleke as a person who is only good at dancing but lacks all the prerequisites needed to govern a state like Osun.
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