– Controversy has surrounded the alleged resignation from public service of the accountant general of Osun state, Alaba Kolawole
– He was said to have tendered his letter of resignation from public service less than two weeks to the state governorship election
– Kolawole was said to written most financial banks in the state informing them of his resignation and telling them against honouring any cheque in his name
The accountant general of Osun state, Alaba Kolawole, has allegedly resigned, sparking allegation of fraud against the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led government in the state.
He was said to have written letters to some commercial banks that they should no longer honour any cheque bearing his signature starting from Monday, September 10.
The Punch reports that Kolawole was granted an extension of service by the governor until October but he reportedly tendered his resignation on Friday, September 7.
However, the commissioner for information in the state, Adelani Baderinwa, when contacted said the accountant general ho celebrated his 60th birthday in July did not resign but retired on the account of clocking the mandatory age of 60.
A statement was released by Baderinwa announcing Kolawole’s retirement. He said Governor Aregbesola had accepted the resignation and wished him well in his future endeavours.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has linked the alleged sudden resignation of Kolawole to the secret release of N16.67 billion election fund to Osun state by the All Progressives Congress-controlled Federal Government.
The Osun state PDP chairman, Soji Adagunodo, in a statement also called on anti-corruption agencies to investigate the development. He said this confirmed the several concerns raised by the PDP about the manner in which Aregbesola had been handling the finances of the state in the last eight years.
The opposition party also alleged that the federal government was secretly funding the APC election through a selective disbursement of Paris Club refund to Osun state.
The statement read: “The sudden and controversial resignation of the Accountant General of Osun State, Alaba Kolawole, is linked to the secret disbursement of a sum of N16.67bn election funds to the state by the federal government.
“We also have it on good authority that top officials of the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General have raised concerns about the manner in which Governor Aregbesola is applying another N13bn recently refunded to Osun State for federal roads purportedly rehabilitated by the state.”
Adagunodo wondered why the governor had not paid arrears of workers’ 34 months salaries and pensions.
In an earlier report, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and national leader of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, called on the people of Osun state to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the governorship election slated to hold in the state on September 22.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Osun, Sola Adetona, said while addressing the party faithful at the freedom park, Osogbo on Thursday, September 6, Falae said the Osun people should not vote for the party that is owing civil servants and pensioners.
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