Governor Rauf Aregbesola
By Yinka Kolawole
The Osun State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has admonished President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a probe panel to investigate the activities of the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, before, during and after the last governorship election in Ondo State.
The State chairman of the party, Chief Bankole Afilaka , who made the call at a press conference held at the party’s secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital, noted that the activities of Governor Aregbesola in the last few weeks in Ondo needed to be investigated by the Federal Government if truly President Jonathan is the chief security officer of the country.
He alleged that Aregbesola abandoned government activities in Osun State which he was elected to perform during the electioneering campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Afilaka also asked Aregbesola to tell the people of the state how much he spent to finance the governorship campaign of the ACN in Ondo State, alleging that the Governor committed huge amount of money to the Ondo State governorship election.
“The Labour Party in Osun State condemns the actions and activities of Ogbeni Aregbesola before and during the Ondo State governorship election.
Aregbesola should tell the world how much he spent to finance Mr. Akeredolu, the ACN candidate in Ondo State. We hereby demand an open apology from Aregbesola for abandoning his primary functions as the Governor of Osun State and concentrating on Ondo State,” he said.
Commenting on the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko in the last election, Afilaka contended that the victory of Mimiko is a victory of the masses over godfatherism, adding that the struggle for the freedom of Osun State has begun with Mimiko’s victory.
Reacting to the allegations Saturday, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the ACN in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said “The Labour Party’s accusation against Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would have been ignored but for the fact that it contained stupidly wide allegations against the Governor which the party did not bother to substantiate.”