The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is concerned that Governor Ademola Adeleke will not help the state’s most needy residents by distributing the N2 billion relief fund established by the federal government to compensate for the loss of the gasoline subsidy.
The Osun APC Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, issued a statement on Saturday sounding the alarm, saying that it is concerning that Governor Adeleke is still unsure of what to do with the money, even as other states have already finished disbursing their portions.
The delay in the release of the N2 billion by Adeleke as and when due is a pure act of wickedness and indication of lack of empathy by the PDP administration for the needy in the state,” Lawal stated.
If the rumor circulating in the state that the state government has fixed in the bank the aforementioned N2bn to take an excessive advantage of the accrued interest is accurate, then “Governor Adeleke and his co-travellers should tread with caution.”
The head of the Osun APC told Adeleke that he shouldn’t wait for people to starve to death before doing something constructive about distributing the money to the needy.
“If the Adeleke administration is callous, insensitive, and wicked enough not to activate its own arrangement to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal for the people of the state, it should not be a stumbling block to share the ones provided by the federal government led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
He remembered how the rice palliative was not distributed by Governor Adeleke until he was riled up and harassed by the state’s primary opposition party, and how the distribution was carried out in a sloppy fashion that benefited only members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The government of Osun State, however, quickly responded by calling the APC’s accusations “mere rhetoric.”
The state government also warned residents not to fall for the opposition’s attempts to turn them against the Adeleke administration.
It is regrettable, the State Government observed in a statement signed by Kolapo Alimi, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, that the APC is banking on pure disinformation to warm itself back into the hearts of the people.
The state government has assured the public that the N2 billion is secure and will be distributed fairly, while also emphasizing its commitment to openness and careful stewardship of public funds.
“It is a clear indicator of how low the APC has plummeted that it is now spreading ridiculous charges that this government is hiding N2bn monies obtained from the FG. The APC has been constant in spreading conspiracy theories and urban legends about the Adeleke administration in order to mislead the people of Osun.
“Osun people will note that the Osun State Government announced the receipt of the N2bn fund from FG; however, the Adeleke administration is carefully thinking through the utilization of the fund especially when it is not a free gift as Osun APC erroneously tried to paint,” the statement reads.
Since the APC’s actions are motivated by politics rather than genuine care for the Osun people’s well-being, we urge them to reject the party’s theatrics. The Adeleke administration is aware of the difficulties caused by the end of the fuel subsidy and is making efforts to mitigate them, according to the statement.
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