The Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor of the State of Osun on Tuesday described as another gimmick, the petition allegedly written and submitted to the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by a self-styled activist, Mr. Yinka Odumakin saying it is part of the ploy to continue to get media attention.
The Bureau said all discerning Nigerians need to do is to spot the difference between the supposed petition to the EFCC and the one which was submitted by a judge of High Court in Osun which has ended up discrediting the petitioner.’
This was contained in a statement by the Director of the Bureau, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, who said serious-minded Nigerians no longer take Odumakin’s media hype with any seriousness.
“I dont think serious minded people take Odumakin serious again. After brainwashing a judge to waste her status and privilege of being a judge of a High Court to join the fray against Aregbesola on their dubious agenda, their next strategy is to keep making noise all over the places with hyped visits to EFCC, or ICPC.
“The question discerning Nigerians should ask Odumakin, Niyi Owolade, and other sponsors of this mindless pull-him-down project is: ‘With all the anxieties raised by the frivolous allegations against the Governor by their hired judge, why did the Judge chicken out when called upon by the House of Assembly to which they made her to submit her petition? Why did they also not encourage her to pursue her petition to its logical conclusion by simply availing the EFCC the opportunity to defend and substantiate the allegations when invited?’
” Nigerians are no fools and so, Odumakin’s trip to EFCC today is another in the series of their media hype all aimed at keeping the subject of their destructive mission in the minds of the people. It is a failed project! Was it EFCC they went to submit their petition today? The statement explained
Accusing Odumakin and his sponsors of inconsistency, the statement said the group of traducers have shamelessly embarked on deliberate and persistent falsehood hoping that have the capacity to turn their lies to truth with time.
“They have consistent jumbled figures, trampled on facts and attempted to create a confusing set of statistics in order to get unsuspecting members of the public confused and possibly win underserved sympathy. But lies remain lies! Even if they succeed getting a few minds to follow their lies, the tragedy that awaits such scandalous falsifications are unimaginable.
“If a group consistently accuse a governor of throwing a state into debt of over N400 billion and the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Debt Management Office tell Nigerians that the total debt owed banks by all the 36 states of Nigeria are just a little above N600 billion, such characters seem to be unaware that they have become nothing but laughing stocks in the estimation of right-thinking people without realising the jokes on them,”
The statement noted that Aregbesola has a record that will be hard to beat public finance especially given the magnitude of the works done in relation to the resources that are available to the state.
It added, “Please, let them ask ICPC when they take their petition there next to be given a copy of a letter by the anti-graft body written to Governor Aregbesola last year which formed the basis of the agency’s resolve to have Governor Aregbesola as the lead speaker at its lecture in 2014.
“Perhaps, that will further confirm why their efforts to blackmail this Governor are exercises in futility.
“In the fullness of time, history shall record them for their nefarious, dubious but failed attempts at destroying a selfless, committed leader whose actions show vision and mission and has caused to happen, legacies which generations to come will celebrate.”