Contrary to insinuations of a frosty relationship between the governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and local government chairmen in the state, the chairmen yesterday said they are not at loggerheads with the governor.
Speaking at a press conference attended by the executive secretaries of the local governments and addressed by their chairman, Prince Olusoji Ajayi, the forum of LG chairmen in the state described the speculation as the nefarious act of some fifth columnists, adding that the body still maintains a cordial relationship with the governor.
The chairmen who declared their commitment to the second term bid of the governor noted that whoever wants the state to continue to develop will know that Aregbesola deserves a second term.
Prince Ajayi warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies not to attempt to rig the August 9 governorship election in the state, calling for a level playing ground for all the political parties involved.
The forum condemned pockets of crisis in some of the re-classified schools in the state, claiming that the crises are politically motivated, saying the re-classification is designed to strengthen education.
“The government does not just merge schools; it is to fill up the model schools which have higher accommodation capacity than the old ones,” he said.
On local government election, the forum expressed members’ readiness for the exercise, adding that the uniform development that has become the hallmark of Aregbesola’s administration has eroded any kind of fear of defeat at the polls.
Opposition parties, under the aegis of Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) in Osun State, have described the call for the removal of the state resident electoral commissioner (REC), Mr Rufus Akeju, by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an attempt to scandalise the electoral body in the state.
A statement issued by their chairmen in Osogbo yesterday noted that PDP’s position on the REC did not enjoy the support of a majority of the registered political parties in the state.