By Seun Aweda
LEGISREPORTS NG – A group, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AFG), has appealed to the Osun State House of Assembly to shun a petition filed by a lawyer seeking the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the inability of the state government to pay worker’s salaries for 9 months.
It would be recalled that the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam, on Wednesday acknowledged the receipt of a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Aregbesola on the grounds of alleged financial recklessness.
The Speaker said, “The onus of proof lies on the petitioner who has expressed her readiness to defend her allegations before the parliamentarians, while Gov. Aregbesola’s response would also be awaited for the sake of fair hearing.”
Justice Oloyede in her petition had argued that,“Even Mr. Governor has admitted publicly, the fact that Osun is in financial quagmire and that he is clueless on how to pull her out of the doldrums. Mr. Governor’s argument that salaries can only be paid from statutory allocations is also faulty, we demand that he substantiate his claim by giving the section of the law that so provides.”
‘’To this end and for this reason I am sure other well -meaning and concerned members of the Osun community are hereby calling on honourable members of the state House of Assembly to pick up the gauntlet and redeem themselves by giving effect to the provisions of Sections 128 and 129 of the Constitution, empowering them to investigate and bring to justice, all those who have corruptly enriched themselves at the expense of Osun and her people.’’
However, the Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, AGF, in a letter dated June 24, 2015 and signed by its coordinator in Osun state, Adeboye Adebayo said,
“Mr. Speaker, you know that before now, workers’ salaries, pensions and other emoluments were being paid as and when due, including car loans and 13th month salaries.
“Things began to go the other way when financial meltdown hit the country through the mismanagement of the national economy by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government and it is worthy of note that it was Aregbesola that first raised the alarm about the impending financial crisis.
“Benue, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta states also owe workers. So, it is not Osun State that is battling with this alone. It is due to financial recklessness and mismanagement by the Jonathan government.
In as much as we are not trying to interfere in the constitutional duties of the House of Assembly, we are just using this medium, like others, to restate our firm commitment and belief in the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the governor for the next four years.”
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