At a time Osun people are pouring encomium on Governor Ademola Adeleke, the State All Progressives Congress (APC) is swimming in its ocean of shame and refusing to show remorse for its wickedness and inhumane treatment meted out to Osun workers and pensioners.
Instead of apologizing to the public servants for imposing poverty and agonizing pain on them for several years, the APC still has the shamelessness to criticise a ‘talk and do’ Governor who is already clearing backlogs of half salaries and arrears left by the APC government.
We find it even appalling that the APC tried to distract attentions from it ugly past of pains and anguishes suffered by those who render services to the state. The evil of yesterday which APC represents shall never resurface in Osun State.
The disjointed narratives canvassed in a recent statement issued by the Osun APC showed its patent hatred for the people, particularly workers and pensioners who had been made to suffer unnecessarily. Osun people have taken judicious notice of the unrepentant anti-people insistence of the APC and they will use their votes to punish all APC candidates this month.
It is ludicrous for the APC to import unreasonable basis as the reason for Governor Adeleke’s decision to clear the wage related debt incurred by the previous government. Instead of throwing meaningless jabs, the APC should be explaining to the people why it owed that much and made no attempt to offset it, even if it is just one month.
The attempt to shift blame of the owed wages to the Rauf Aregbesola government is a bad way to make excuse for failure because, aside the fact that he was a Governor under APC, his successor, Gboyega Oyetola, campaigned for office on the strength of continuity. Yet, Oyetola ignored the plights of workers and pensioners for the four years his administration lasted, as no kobo out of the money was paid.
To now imagine that the APC will have the effrontery to attempt to play down the efforts of Governor Adeleke to clear the backlog of salary and pensions by the past administration, is the height of irresponsibility. It is a further demonstration of the APC’s disastrous attitude to responsibility and a more reason why it led the state to the abyss of ruin.
Osun people are well aware of the atrocious record of the APC, especially in term of welfare, and will find it grossly absurd that it is still bitter that Governor Adeleke is doing what Gboyega Oyetola failed to do in four years.
The reality of the APC lamentation is that it detests the hardworking civil servants and senior citizens in the state. The APC is not comfortable with the fact that Governor Adeleke is not towing its path of wickedness and deliberate negligence of the welfare of the people, which caused untold hardship for workers and pensioners.
In any case, it is imperative to stress to the APC that Osun people are now wiser and will not be swayed by the empty rhetorics of a party that did nothing but impoverish them. Let the APC know that Governor Adeleke will not watch people who laboured hard for the state to go without their entitlements as it was the pattern of the erstwhile ruling party.
We want to reiterate the PDP-led government commitment to clear the mess inherited from the APC government. The PDP will not only ensure that salary and pensions owed are cleared but abandoned projects littering the state will be completed.
This is evident in the latest move by Governor Adeleke to mobilize contractors back to resume construction of roads abandoned by the past administration. Governor Adeleke is committed to fulfilling his electoral promises to the people, and will not be distracted by the little talk of a terrible opposition, whose only idea of governance, is spreading hopelessness and poverty.