By G9ija

The Osun State Government says the claim by the Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and his party, Peoples Democratic Party, that the state government officials were diverting and looting government assets and property is not true.

Adeleke had in a statement by his Spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, raised the alarm over the alleged looting.

The statement warned Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his allies against diversion and looting of the government’s assets and public properties.

According to Adeleke, some government functionaries and appointees of the governor are converting the public assets to private use.

The statement said: “We have it on good authority that Osun State assets within the state, Kogi, Lagos, Abuja and outside the shore of the country, are being tampered with for private acquisition.

“We have detailed reports of several property currently being processed for ownership transfer involving serving commissioners and top government officials, hence, serious warning to those involved in the illegal deals.”

In a swift reaction, the state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, said: “PDP is only peddling lies and propaganda just to curry underserved public sympathy.”

Egbemode, in a statement, said that Oyetola does not have a background of pilfering or misappropriating funds, adding: “The records are there for all to see and deduce from.”

The Commissioner said that no government official had embarked on any looting or diversion of any government assets/property as being claimed by the PDP.

She added: “We know where Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Governor-elect, is coming from and the world also knows the antecedent of the incumbent Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, the hardworking leader, who has served the people of Osun State meritoriously.

“He does not have the background of pilfering or misappropriating funds. The records are there for verification.”

Egbemode, responding to the allegation that Oyetola took N17 billion to prosecute the July 16, 2022 in the state, which he lost, said: “Governor Oyetola did not take any N17 billion loan to prosecute the election as alleged by Adeleke.

“We are calling on the people of Osun to ignore the fake lamentations of the incurable propagandists.

“Governor Oyetola has done well thus far and he will continue to do right by the people.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission had on Sunday morning declared Adeleke as the winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Announcing the results at the INEC Collation Centre, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the State Returning Officer, said Adeleke polled 403,371 votes to defeat his closet rival, Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, who scored 375,027 votes.

NAN reports that the PDP won in 17 local government areas, while APC won in 13.