Former Governor of Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola has accused his predecessor of lying in his recently released book.
Bisi Akande who was Governor of Osun between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), lost the 2003 governorship election to Oyinlola, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akande in his new book titled ‘My Participations’, admitted that his successor accused him of mismanaging state funds, arrested two of his commissioners who he said were allegedly told by the police to implicate him in their statements.
Insisting that he has never given or demanded bribe from anyone in his life, Akande added that no one wrote any petition against him to the EFCC, ICPC or the police for any fraud or wrongdoing during his term of office.
“That was what ended the case of my alleged stealing in Osun State. No one ever wrote any petition against me to the EFCC, ICPC or the police for any fraud or wrongdoing during my term of office.
“It was Oyinlola that was exhuming fake complaints and evidence from files merely to witch-hunt me. I never gave or demanded bribe from anyone all my life. All of us who served in my government, all my commissioners and others, came out the way we went in.
“No one was richer and not a single one of my political appointees was indicted after we left office despite that an opposition party came to power after us.”
Responding to the claim, Oyinlola alleged that one of Akande’s appointees confessed that state funds were used for the latter’s 2003 governorship election campaign. He maintained that he never levelled any false allegation against his predecessor.
Oyinlola said in a statement;
“Chief Akande said I wrongly accused him of corruption in the construction of the Governor’s Office (Bola Ige House). I did not level any false charges against him.
“I came into office in May 2003 and discovered that the Governor’s Office complex which Akande commissioned for use after he lost the election was really not completed.
“The state government asked the contractor to come back to site and complete the works, more so when evidence in government accounts showed that he had been paid. But the project consultant shocked everyone with his claim that part of the payment was taken back to finance the 2003 re-election bid of Chief Akande.
“The consultant said the contractor could not go back to work unless he was paid his full dues. One of Akande’s own appointees confessed collecting money from this contractor for Akande’s re-election.
“I consulted Chief Akande on this. He denied having any deal with the contractor and the consultant. Some people were subsequently taken to court on a seven-count criminal charge.
“Stakeholders in the state and Alhaji Arisekola Alao later intervened. I have the details of who collected how much in my forthcoming book.”
On claim of the 2003 governorship election in Osun being rigged, Oyinlola listed some of the things that made him win the election.
“Chief Akande said the 2003 governorship election in Osun State was rigged in my favour. Chief Akande has repeatedly told this lie.
“The truth is known to everybody in the state that Akande lost the state shortly after he took over in 1999 and started fighting everyone in the state.”