One of the gubernatorial candidate under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state, Barr. Adejare Bello, has said that Gov. Rauf Aregbesola actually meant well for the state but he did not understand the terrain, saying that “Osun is not like Lagos”.
Bello made this remarks while featuring on the “News Point”, a programme of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Osogbo.
“Aregbesola really meant well but he didn’t understand the terrain. He wanted to change everything within two years but I told him that Osun is not like Lagos,” he said.
Bello, who is the former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, expressed surprise at the debt profile of the state reportedly declared by Aregbesola during the last interactive programme tagged “Ogbeni Till daybreak”.
“The N143 billion declared by the governor is surprising.”
He explained that when former Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola approached the assembly, to borrow N18.3 billion, the projects the money was meant, “was clearly specified”.
According to him, Oyinlola spent only N7 billion before Aregbesola approached the assembly with an “unspecified project” and his proposal was treated to avoid being seen as an enemy of his government.
Ther former speaker said the state needs an experienced person like himself to tackle the challenges facing the state, saying he had worked closely with three governors, including Aregbesola.
Bello commended the governor for closing down the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, over tax defaulting, maintaining that all agencies of the Federal Government in the state must pay tax.
He warned the present members of the assembly not to try his impeachment when he becomes governor of the state because he didn’t try to impeach Aregbesola when he led 18 members of the PDP in the house.
Speaking on the defection of Sen. Iyiola Omisore to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Bello said the fortune of PDP would not be affected with the exit of Omisore.
He explained that his support for Hon. Soji Adagunodo as the party Chairman in the state was the origin of the crisis, saying the former deputy governor wanted the party’s structure “at all cost”.
He vowed to reverse many policies of Governor Aregbesola and retain some, saying the mega school is “a wastage’.
The former Speaker, however, urged other aspirants not to allow aftermath of the primary to disintegrate the party, assuring that he would face the billionaires’ aspirants with his experience and win the primary election.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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