From Lateef Dada, Osogbo
Governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has been lambasted for boasting that he had acquired enough money in hard currencies to pursue the July 16 governorship election in the state.
A video clip of where Adeleke campaigned at Jaleyemi/Odiolowo Way, Osogbo, last Friday, had surfaced on social media where the PDP governorship candidate boasted that he had acquired naira, dollars, pounds and euros for the election.
While reacting to the video, APC, in a statement signed by Ajibola Bashiru, the director general, Adegboyega Oyetola Campaign Council, yesterday, described Adeleke’s boast as absurd, unthinkable and totally unacceptable.
The APC ssaid Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder, maintaining that on daily basis, the PDP candidate is proving to the Osun electorate that he had nothing to offer.
The PDP candidate was quoted as saying, “Osun people, you are the ones to decide. If it is about money, I have enough. I came with plenty money (hitting his pocket with his right hand). And it is not only naira, I came with dollars, pounds and euro. This time around in Osun, it is fire for fire.”
But Oyetola campaign said: “Osun people are not gullible. We have left them in no doubt of the quality our party, the APC and our administration are made of, including the capacity of our candidate to deliver in the past three and half years. We have proved through our inclusive governance strategy that our people are our strength and that we do not take them for granted and we will never take them for granted. This explains why in spite of the way the 2018 election went, our administration began infrastructure intervention from Ede, the hometown of the PDP candidate.
“Osun people are enlightened, they know that the state and its citizens are not up for sale to the highest bidder. Therefore, the PDP candidate should keep his money. Or better still, he could deploy those resources to establish industries to provide jobs for the people. This way, he will also be supporting the present administration’s noticeable efforts in the last three and half years to industrialise the state and change its narrative as a civil service state, to one bubbling with economic activities.
“It is on record that the Oyetola-led administration has since inception taken concrete steps to open up the state for investments, and has been able to attract a number of investments into Osun, contributing to the economic growth of the state.
“We assure the PDP candidate that, like the administration did to other players in the private sector, we will provide a level playing field for his business to thrive in Osun and its people derive maximum benefit from the investment.”