By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, has for the second time challenged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to a moderated public discourse on the future of the state.
The APC in a statement by its Director of Research and Publicity, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, in Osogbo yesterday, said it would like the PDP to articulate publicly, “why it has been so viciously opposed to everything done by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led APC government and why that party wants the projects abandoned or destroyed or both.
“Besides, PDP should clearly explain what it plans to replace these projects with and how,” he said.
The APC is also tasking the media to moderate the public discourse with possible theme: Fourteen years of governance in Osun: what was; what is and what is to come – PDP vs APC.
The party expressed surprise that the PDP appeared to have lost its voice since it was challenged by the APC to tell the people of Osun what programmes and projects it intended to substitute what the APC has been doing in the last seven years with .
The APC declared; “We seek civilised engagement with the PDP and others on the critical issues which will be moderated by the media because the best governorship election will be based on issues that require thorough enlightenment of the voting public.”
The party explained further that in spite of the ICPC’s acquittal of Osun government on the false allegation by the PDP of diversion of the bailout fund for salaries, together with the Debt Management Office’s clean bill, on the status of the state’s debt profile, “ evil people are still demonising Ogbeni Aregbesola on the issues.”
“In the light of this dangerous political incitement of the PDP and the fake news peddling, which other opponents of the APC government have made a habit, it has become necessary to engage these misdirected politicians and a treacherous ex head of service in a public discourse at which all issues will be interrogated extensively and robustly”. the APC demanded.