The Osun State Government has slammed the former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, over his comment on the 2.8 km road in Osogbo, describing him as a liar and unfit to govern the state.
It said Omisore should apologise to the people of the state, “for lying on the funding of the recently commissioned Workers Drive Road in Osogbo.”
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Monday.
According to the statement, the claim by Omisore that United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO) committed 70 per cent of the project’s cost is not only mischievous but a reflection of intellectual laziness.
It noted that since UNESCO has come out in the open to deny the claim, there is a moral burden on Omisore to apologise to Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the people of the state.
“UNESCO’s Communication Consultant (Regional Office) Mr Olusola Macaulay has said UNESCO is not currently funding any project in the state, and that the state government at no time approached the organization to fund the Workers Drive.
“There was no time the Osun State government or its agencies approached UNESCO to support the project or contribute anything to it. We didn’t pay 70 per cent or any other fraction to the project, as being peddled.
“The UNESCO statement has confirmed the position of the government on the reconstruction of the road, and reinstated our claim that it was done 100 per cent from the Omoluabi Infrastructure Conservation Fund.
“Omisore should eat the humble pie and toe the responsible line with the UNESCO puncturing his blatant lies. He should be bold enough to apologise to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the state government and the people of the state. Taking this step will help him in redeeming his battered and hogwash image in this matter.
“The former deputy governor has demonstrated, by engaging in rumour peddling and spreading falsehood, gross incompetence and lack of understanding to run government. He has exposed his intellectual laziness to think or conduct simple research on how a renowned organization like UNESCO run its affair before embarking on his white lies.
“It is crystal clear that Omisore has nothing to offer the people of the state of Osun and it is bad enough that he is a leading governorship aspirant of the opposition PDP which has shown that they lacked requisite person to hold the exalted position of the governor of Osun. This apparent failure is indicative of the fact that Omisore is a failed aspirant whose rabid desire to rule pushes to tell lies with a view to gain relevance, even when that hurts and dis-orients the people.
“The government advises Omisore to quickly look around for institution where he could take a course on how government and organisations run as his conduct so far has shown that he might have been impeached as a deputy governor because of his incompetence and misconduct.
“Let Omisore and his co-travelers in the journey of tomfoolery know that getting mischievous is not a good trait that endears an aspirant to the electorate, while lying so blatantly makes one to be a reject by God.
“The former deputy governor should desist from deliberate efforts at misinforming the people of the state and face his disgraceful and ignoble charges with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“We urged the good people of the state to once again disregard the lies and leave Omisore, and his co-mischief makers to their irresponsibility”, the statement said.