The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) ,Osun State chapter, is vindicated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recent report which indicted Governor Rauf Aregbesola for allegedly mismanaging the N34.9 billion Federal Government Bailout Funds, according to a statement by the party’s state Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi.
In the statement which was made available to the media on Saturday, Odeyemi said “ICPC had confirmed that Osun State governor got bail out cash from the Federal Government for the settlement of arrears of workers’ salaries and emoluments but diverted the funds for other purposes, thereby defeating the purpose of the government’s effort to provide succour for the workers.”
Odeyemi said “when we cried out that our governor had fixed the bailout, they called us liars, when we alerted that part of the fund was later used to pay a powerful contractor now in Buhari’s government, they denied it, what will the government say now that an independent government agency has confirmed and corroborated out claims, indeed, we have been vindicated”
The Osun State PDP scribe went further to state that a comprehensive analysis carried out by the ICPC in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), had revealed that Osun is among the state that deliberately lied that they were owing their workers huge debts when the reverse was the case but still did not pay their workers when the money was released to them by the FG.
Allegedly quoting ICPC, PDP said “Osun State received N34.988.990.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N18.677.224.582.20, leaving a balance of N16.311,765.418 billion as at November, 2015”
On the basis of this Osun PDP called on the Commission to wade into the government’s recent propaganda towards verifying allegations that Osun State public servants had been paid salaries up to Jan 2016.
“We are aware that Osun State workers have not been receiving full salaries since July 2015 and even at that, the state government is owing them four months salary,” the statement said.
The party commended the state NLC for debunking Aregbesola’s claim that he does not owe them while urging the workers to remain steadfast and united in their demand for the wages of their labour.