Sunday, 7 June 2015

Aregbesola: PDP seeking cheap publicity, says Aide

Semiu Okanlawon, media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has described a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as a way of seeking “cheap publicity”.

He was reacting to a statement by Diran Odeyemi, Director, Media&Publicity, Osun PDP which requested the governor to sell a helicopter purchased for surveillance in order to pay salaries of workers.
“What this administration told us was that the helicopter was to be used for surveillance, but we have since discovered that the machine is only serving the traveling needs of Aregbesola and his family. This remains one draining pipe that must be blocked,” Odeyemi said in a statement.
In a swift response, Okanlawo said: “It is disheartening that this is how degenerate PDP has become in their thinking process. They screamed ignorantly about two years ago that Osun procured a helicopter with a sum of N8 billion. We had asked them to find out the cost of a Boeing plane let alone a helicopter which was only leased and it was to beef up the Osun Swift Action Squad for its aerial surveilance. This was clear to all in the state that the helicopter was procured as part of the Rauf Aregbesola administration’s comprehensive security measures to drive criminals far away from the state.
“For the PDP in its narrow thinking to tell us to sell the helicopter is a sign of intellectual laziness. The allegations that Aregbesola uses the helicopter for his personal use lack any evidence.
“It is obvious the PDP, after it has reached its final bus stop of defeat rigmarole, as typified by the Supreme Court decision of May 27, is merely looking for something to keep it relevant.
“The people of Osun need adequate security which PDP failed to provide throughout Nigeria in its 16 years of misrule. The People of Osun require good governance which the PDP could not give them. I therefore advise that shameful lies such as those Odeyemi cooked up again and threw to the media would not help the party. They would help sink it deeper.”
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