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System Analyst June 16, 2024

Your Poor Performance in Office Disqualifies You from Rating Governor Adeleke, Spokesperson Shades Benedict Alabi


OSOGBO– 16/06/2024–

The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed has asked a former Deputy Governor in the state, Benedict Alabi, to bury his head in shame over his misguided notion on the performance of Governor Ademola Adeleke, saying that Alabi’s attempt to misrepresent the reality of things in Osun stems from his sense of guilt as number two man in a failed administration.

Mallam Rasheed enjoins Alabi to show some remorse on the monumental pains that policies and inadequacies of the administration he was a part of caused Osun people for years, knocking him as cheap and insensitive for trying to playdown genuine efforts by Governor Adeleke to clear the mess inherited from the Oyetola administration.

“The Adeleke administration has spent the last 18 months taking Osun out of the woods and setting it on the path of development and growth. Unfortunately, people like Benedict Alabi who created the mess are trying to play on the intelligence of the people, assuming Osun people have forgotten their failed records of yesterday ,” the statement noted.

“But Our people know and feel the difference. They see appreciable progress in workers’ welfare, infrastructural expansion, health care and responsiveness to their aspirations.

“While Alabi as Deputy Governor for four years has nothing to show in terms of physical infrastructure in his Ikire hometown, we are glad to note that the Adeleke administration has several roads projects in the same Ikire in less than two years in office, some of which has been completed, while health facilities and schools have been renovated and equipped.

“Instead of showing remorse and recognising the effect of good governance as demonstrated by Governor Adeleke, not just in terms of infrastructural renewal, but also welfare of the people, Alabi, just like most of his co-travellers in the shredded state APC, continues to live in denial”, the Spokesperson further knocked the Ikire politician.

Mallam Rasheed emphasizes the manifestation of the pro-people governance adopted by the Adeleke administration, noting that Alabi must be confused to claim in one breadth that Governor Adeleke has nothing to show in office, whereas, in another breadth, claim that projects embarked by the Governor is controversial.

“While we understand that the confusion of Alabi stems from his inability to handle the truth of Governor Adeleke’s superlative performance, it is important to ask him whether it is the policy of paying the owed half salary that his government refused to touch that is controversial?

“Or, is the payment of inherited cooperative deductions by the current government controversial? Or is Alabi saying that the release of bonds totalling over N12 billion compared to N11.7 billion for the 12 years of APC government is controversial?

“In less than two years, Governor Adeleke has done a lot, including paying the financial implication of promotion given by the Government that Alabi served in as Deputy Governor. The multi-billion naira infrastructure plan of Governor Adeleke is going on across Osun at this moment, promising not just the ease of movement, but also placing Osun as an investment destination as a result of an expanded infrastructure network.

“The candid truth is that the APC administration’s, which Alabi was part of, failed in Osun, and anyone involved in that ignoble past always try to see failure in others too, as we can see with the former Deputy Governor. The argument that allocation has gone up is watery, especially when it is observed that naira has shed value significantly, and that obligations such as wage award, half salary debt payment and micro-credit support was never an issue for the past government.

“The Adeleke administration will never submit itself to the gauge of those who failed the state yesterday as it is not prepared to fail the people too. We will continue to pursue policies and interventions that will make life much easier for the people so that they will not be tempted to return to the horrible experience of the past.”

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor

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