By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO — The ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Osun State has advised the citizens of the state to shun and disregard PDP agents that are allegedly going about in Osun cities accusing Governor Rauf Aregbesola of “not empowering people since he became governor.”
What they actually mean, the APC said: ” Is that Aregbesola did not allow the fraudulent access to public funds for their private use as the PDP allegedly did between 2003 and 2007.
In a statement from the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, the APC claimed that since the State was created, no governor has done as much as Aregbesola to empower citizens legitimately.
According to the APC; “People in their thousands are now engaging in business profitably like they never did since 2003. This, has resulted in increased banking activities, which was acknowledged recently by the Central Bank of Nigeria Manager in the state.”
The party said that when the question of empowerment is raised in Nigeria today, Aregbesola occupies prime position as a pace setter in Nigeria whose programmes designed to empower citizens, are now being replicated throughout the country.
“Aregbesola took the initiative within 100 days of coming to power to empower 20,000 youths with employment. Today, that number has risen to 40,000, and over N400 million is being injected into Osun’s economy monthly. That comes to N4.8 billion yearly.”
The APC therefore urged all citizens to prepare themselves for the decisive statement which they will be called upon to make in August so that Aregbesola may finish the wonderful work he started in November 2010.
“Aregbesola is working; there is no family in Osun State that has not been affected, and if anybody says this is not empowering Osun citizens, it is a pity and a shame. Only wicked people will say such things,” the APC said.