Ademola Adeleke, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 governorship election in Osun, says being an honest dancer is better than looting the state treasury.
He said this in response to a statement credited to Gboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, who had said he felt ridiculed contesting against Adeleke in the gubernatorial election.
In a statement released on Thursday, Adeleke said there is nothing wrong in dancing to express gratitude to God.
The former PDP candidate alleged that Oyetola’s administration is geared at “covering up their evil tracks” of the tenure of Rauf Aregbesola, former governor of the state.
“Osun people know that I am not the facilitator and prime partaker in the looting of Osun state’s treasury. For more than eight years, Gboyega Oyetola was the chief enabler of the most corrupt, inept and anti-people administration in the history of Osun state,” he said.
“I dare Oyetola to walk the streets of Osun alongside me and see who will get mobbed and stoned by the embittered citizens of our dear state. The people had voted the honest dancer and rejected the false progressives who had ruined the fortunes of Osun state and sentenced generations unborn to excruciating debt burden.”
He claimed credit for dousing the tension in the state following the loss of the PDP at the supreme court.
“It is shameful for Oyetola to be gloating over daylight electoral robbery which is being roundly condemned as rape of justice across all sectors of Nigerian society and indeed internationally,” he continued.
“Osun people will remember that immediately after the apex court ruling, I issued a press statement congratulating Oyetola and restraining our members and supporters from violence and anti-peace actions. I claim credit for restoring normalcy, peace and stability to Osun state after the protracted governorship battle.
“At a time Oyetola and his band of usurpers were at a loss on how to manage the usurpation and its resultant tension in the land, I deployed diplomacy, putting the safety of our people above all considerations despite the blatant robbery you now call electoral loss.
“Let me remind Oyetola that his records as Chief of Staff to Rauf Aregbesola clearly confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but shows his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition.
“Osun people fully know his records. They are aware this his stolen tenure is going to be devoted to covering up their evil tracks of the last eight years.”