The controversy that followed the covert release of over N16bn Paris Fund to Osun State government has taken a new twist following the resignation of the state Accountant General, Mr. Alaba Kolawole.
Earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had claimed the secret release of the money by the federal government ahead of the state September 22 governorship election was to use prosecute the election campaign of the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Alh. Gboyega Oyetola.
But a new twist emerged on Friday on account of the resignation of the state accountant general with the party claiming Kolawole resigned to frustrate the APC led-government of the state from expending the money on election.
“The sudden and controversial resignation of the Accountant General of Osun State, Mr 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,” PDP chairman in the state, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, wrote in a statement he released.
However, the government in an interview granted by the state commissioner for Information, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, denied PDP’s charge saying Kolawale did not resign instead he retired.
“Mr. Kolawole retired from service, having gotten to the threshold age of 60 years a few weeks back, in line with the civil service rules and practice,” Baderinwa told Punch.