Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, said that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has hired a Lagos-based accounting firm, with a mandate to put its financial books in order preparatory to an anticipated Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) probe.
The PDP, in a statement issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said the new move to straighten up Osun finances was borne out of the fear by Governor Aregbesola that his refusal to join President Muhammadu Buhari to campaign for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, could mean all pending petitions against him would be investigated by the anti graft bodies sooner than later.
The move, according to the party, followed heightened fear about anti graft agencies, especially EFCC, launching probe into the finances of the state, as the gulf between Lagos arm of the ruling party and Abuja widens.
The party recalled that Aregbesola had recently sent senior civil servants from the cadre of director upward on compulsory leave to frustrate Senate’s probe into the utilisation of bailout of N34.9 billion meant to pay salaries.
The PDP alleged that “The accounting firm, from our findings, has been given a whopping sum of N200 million with a marching order to perfect documents for government transactions, with particular attention to those transactions done between November 2014 , when the last set of commissioners were sacked.
“The firm, which had been paid up front, was also given the task of liasing with three notable financial institutions to “manufacture documents” for three huge loans that were procured by Aregbesola without due process on which about 80 per cent earnings of the state from the federation account are expended in the last 18 months.
“Osun PDP is concerned because in all of these, funds meant for the development of the state are being expended on frivolities while most of its citizens are languishing in poverty as a result of parlous state of its economy.”
It then called on all anti graft agencies to probe, without further delay, Osun finances.