Osun State government yesterday said it has uncovered plans by some people, said to be going round major cities in the state marking buildings for demolition in a bid to incite the populace against the government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere and made available to newsmen, said the state government was not embarking on any kind of demolition.
Akere told residents of the state to challenge anyone that marks their building for demolition and report such to the police for proper action.
Akere also denied claims by the opposition party, particularly, the People Democratic Party, PDP, that the state government has concluded plans to introduce a new tax regime, if Aregbesola is reelected, adding that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration neither intends to introduce any tax regime nor intend to increase its usual tax levy as allegedly claimed by the PDP.
He said: “It has come to the notice of the state government that the PDP in a leaflet it is distributing claimed that Governor Aregbesola is planning to introduce a new tax regime on operators of private schools. This claim is fictitious and a figment of the author’s imagination.
“It’s problem is lack of ideas and wondering how the present administration raised its internal revenue from a mere N300 million when the party was in power to N1.5 billion within three years, hence it attempts to incite the populace against the All progressives Congress, APC-led administration.”
Calling on members of the public to ignore the claim by the PDP, Akere challenged the PDP and its candidate to make their campaign issue-based, “rather than playing dirty politics by playing with the peoples’ intelligence.”