The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State has called the bluff of a group, The Osun Masterminds, TOM, over its threat to drag the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, to the anti-graft agencies over the recently unveiled multi-billion naira infrastructural development plan.
the state governor, Adeleke on Friday unveiled a N100bn infrastructural development plan for the state.
The plan had captured the construction of five flyovers, rehabilitation of roads, supply of potable water, rehabilitation of public primary and secondary schools and health facilities.
Also, Prof Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, Executive Director of TOM, during a press conference had threatened to report the state governor, Ademola Adeleke to the anti-graft agencies by the end of working hours on Monday over the infrastructural development plan.
Oyedokun, who maintained that TOM Is committed to its mandate of advocating good governance, ethical politics and responsible citizenship expressed fear that the state may return to her days of excessive borrowing and financial recklessness.
Describing TOM as a mercenary group and ally of the All Progressive Congress, APC, the PDP in a statement by its Chairman, Sunday Bisi accused the group of being deaf and dumb to due process compliance already ongoing on the infra plan.
“The Mastermind fought hard to get APC retained in power but the group and its sponsors were flatly rejected and disgraced by the people who voted massively for the PDP and its candidate, Governor Ademola Adeleke, pointing out that “ever since then, the hired group has been acting as an unrepentant agent of rejected and defeated politicians.
“The public will recall that the state government has already announced an ongoing procurement process, bid advertisements have since been placed and a supplementary budget was already worked on by the State Assembly. A jaundiced group of stomach activists refuses to read clearly the statement of Mr Governor that all due process and procurement requirements are being complied with.
“The group, despite having a supposed professor as a team leader, is also silent on the governor’s clear statement that the fund for the infra plan is to be sourced from savings, cost-cutting measures and broadening of the revenue base of the state. The governor was categorical in saying that a project account has been opened specifically to fund the infrastructure plan without borrowing a kobo from a financial institution.
“We wonder how saving money from frivolous expenditures as they were in the past should warrant the threat of an anti-graft probe. It is even imbecilic of the group to threaten a state government for unveiling an infrastructure plan even with full explanation of strategies of funding, justification for the projects and sustainability of the agenda. When will the so-called masterminds accept the defeat of their masters who were defeated in four consecutive elections?”
“PDP is running a government of due process and transparency. We will not be distracted by rantings of political jobbers masquerading as civil society activists.”