Osun Plans N700m Inauguration For Governor As Workers Starve – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, yesterday, queried the N700 million budget for the inauguration of Osun state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola for a second term, amid the economic condition of the state and the country in general.

Aregbesola had been re-elected as governor of the state after he won in the August 9 election. He is due to be inaugurated for another term on Thursday, November 27.

In a statement issued by Prince Diran Odeyemi, Osun PDP spokesperson, the party said N700 million for the swearing-in ceremony “amid hunger by workers, who have not been paid salary in the last three months tells much about the kind of leaders holding the reigns in Osun at the moment.”

The party recalled that in November 2012, Aregbesola boasted while addressing some bankers in the state that he “can pay workers salary every 25th day of the month without monthly allocation from the federation account and I will not owe them a penny”, but expressed regret that just two years after making the statement, the workers have suffered non-payment of salary for months at different times, even when statutory allocations due to the state are still being given to him.

Osun State government had earlier in the month blamed non-payment of salaries on the federal government, saying the FG reduced funds accruable to states from the federation account, ‘based on the spurious allegation of drop in the sales of crude oil.’

Meanwhile the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun has alleged that some people are reported to be planning to create chaos in the state capital ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Aregbesola. The party therefore called on security operatives to be alert and forestall violence in the state.


  1. APC cannot spend up to seven hundred million for inauguration. They are not prodigal son. I am not a politician but the difference is clear. PDP has finished is agenda in Osun State. They are bunch of deceivers and liars. They thought we not knowledgeable. We are not kid, it is obvious and glaring that they don’t have the best for this state and country at large. They are only interested in their own interest for their immediate enrichment. They can spot the speck in other peoples eyes without removing their own. When they are in power they get drunk every weekends; celebrating nothing but wasting our resources. They should keep their mouth shut because APC is better than them. When they are in power in Osun state; widows/widowers were not cater for; the aged were neglected; many projects embark upon was never finished. The last election they are contesting everybody knows what happened. It is just God! If the governor cannot paid whose fault? The Federal Government should provide answer. But your facts about civil servants salary in Osun State are false! Our prayer is no more for political parties is now for divine intervention and speedy judgement upon the looters; upon the liars and decievers; upon the hypocrity; upon the killers and the likes.