Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of being wasteful and reckless in the management of the state's resources, DAILY POST reports.
The party, in a statement issued by Prince Diran Odeyemi, the PDP spokesperson in the state, on Sunday alleged that governor Aregbesola had squandered the sum of N100 million on a procession and new year party held for "select pensioners" in the state, as it cautioned him over continued harassment of " Internally Displaced Pensioners" in camps.
The party in the statement said money wasted on the event, which it claimed the government organised, for a group called "Triangular Group of Pensioners" could pay part of the debt owed senior citizens in the state.
PDP said Governor Aregbesola insulted the sensibility of Osun people by using some of his employees to directly participate in organising the event in the name of pensioners,
The statement reads: "We have obtained the video of the event and analysed it, Many officials of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, office of the governor of Osun, were actively involved in managing the event, so also many APC members.
"One Rasheed Mabayoje, an employee of Aregbesola was seen in the video manipulating drones used to capture images during the event, also, official photographers of Ogbeni were also sighted fully involved in the proceedings.
"Who paid for canopies, public address system, DSS escort, police and civil defence men that provided security during the event?We learnt for logistics, security, uniforms for the participants, (10 pensioners and 90 APC members dressed as pensioners) and their stipend, a sum of N100 million was expended.
"What kind of a governor would prefer an hurriedly conceived, image laundry event to paying the dying, pauperized pensioners in Osun? We hope higher authorities in the country are monitoring the situation.
"We also call on IGP and DG DSS to call their men in Osun to order as we have confirmed they have launched manhunt for pensioners participating in the camp," the statement reads.