Osun - The Osun Stakeholders has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe Governor Rauf Aregbesola for alleged financial recklessness.
The petition comes as a resolution reached at a summit held on July 23.
“We concerned citizens of Osun State having observed the profligacy, hypocrisy, corruption and financial decadence and recklessness of the administration of Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State in the last five years hereby forward a petition detailing his atrocities for investigation by your (EFCC) Commission as mandated by the summit on the state of Osun State,” read a petition officials from the Osun Stakeholders.
Niyi Owolade and Yinka Odumakin, Conveners of the Osun Stakeholders, signed the petition.
“At the outset we would like to place on record the struggles of the founding fathers of the state whose vision was that the State will be a viable, self- reliant and enviable State standing heads and shoulder above other states in Nigeria. This vision, previous administrations have tried to realize with varying degrees of success,” the conveners said.
“However it is sad to note that today our beloved state has deviated from this path of glory and is on a free descent to an abyss of indebtedness, poverty and failure. At this rate if nothing is done urgently to arrest this drift, we regret to admit that the State could collapse in a matter of months.”
The organisation said the current state of decay which has resulted in the non-payment of salaries in the last nine months to civil servants is a consequence of the alleged corruption, fraud, hypocrisy, financial recklessness and impunity that has become synonymous with the administration of Aregbesola.
Osun Stakeholders said in addition, the state was littered with abandoned projects even though loans were secured to execute them.
Officials said the state had become the embodiment of lack, poverty, purposelessness, wickedness and insensitivity of political leaders of the highest order in the country.
“We make bold to say that Osun State is the most impoverished state in Nigeria. Families go to bed every night hungry without hope of what to eat at dawn. Several businesses have closed due to lack of patronage. Our state is on a lock down.”
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The conveners said it was therefore imperative the EFCC to get to the root of the alleged financial scam committed by Aregbesola’s government.
“In conclusion we believe that our petition will be a test on the commitment of this administration to fight corruption regardless of who is involved.
"As you are aware President Buhari has promised the world that not even members of his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be spared if they are indicted of corruption.”
Comment could not be obtained from EFCC and the governor.
- CAJ News