Fuss Over N16bn Election Funds For Osun State
Nigeria News takes a look at the N16 billion released by the Federal Government to Osun State that eventually led to the resignation of the state Accountant General.
The resignation of the Accountant General of the Osun State Government, Mr Alaba Kolawole may have redefined the strategy of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC on which other ways to win the poll on September 22.
The state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and by extension the APC would need big funds to win the election due to fact that many residents are not happy with the present administration.
For months, the civil servants had been on half salaries. They are eagerly waiting for what the outgoing administration will do to pacify them before the election. And since it has become a norm for politicians to buy some votes to win an election, the electorates are set to take some money.
Over N16 billion was released by Federal Government secretly to Osun government a few weeks to the gubernatorial election and from all indications, the money would be expended on campaign and buying of votes.
For Kolawole, who had put best of his years into civil service, his name matters most in this situation. He celebrated the 60th birthday a few weeks ago and was supposed to have retired in July but the state governor, Aregbesola extended his service to October.
Kolawole knew from the onset that the APC ruling government might want to use him to fund the September election, the Accountant General quickly tendered his resignation in September.
It became laughable, however, that the government accepted the resignation letter of Kolawole in a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government but went ahead to say that Kolawole did not resign but only retired.
Either way, Kolawole had bow out of the Osun State Civil Service. Kolawole went further to write some commercial banks not to entertain any withdrawal made in his signature since he had resigned from service.
There are four strong candidates seeking Aregbesola’s seat. Prominent candidates on the list are the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, The Africa Democratic Congress, ADC, Moshood Adeoti and the Social Democratic Party candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
No doubt, Oyetola is the richest among them because he has the backing of the state government that has just received N16 billion election funds. He is expected to muscle his way into the seat with state funds but his party has lost credibility and coupling with the senatorial district he is representing, the Osun Central, the game may be tougher for him.
For Adeleke, it looks like his time is up, judging by his dancing steps. Will Osun go to the poll to vote for a dancing senator who will later become a dancing governor? Adeleke’s emergence as a senator came through sympathy votes after the death of his brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke and the horrible treatment he got from APC.
Now, Osun electorates have known Ademola Adeleke better as a dancing lawmaker that is yet to contribute quality legislature to his Osun West Senatorial District. He is ready to spend some money and will also have some money from the Peoples Democratic Party. How this will affect the September 22 election, it is a matter of time.