Former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr Benedict Alabi has reacted to the allegations levelled against him by his successor, Prince Kola Adewusi that he (Alabi) carted away items from the office quarters.
Alabi, while responding to an enquires by InsightMedia via a statement by his Media Aide, Gafar Sulaiman, said he received the allegation with a rude shock.
The former number two person in the State described the allegation as unverified and spurious, aimed at casting needless aspersion on his personality.
“While we do not intend to join issues with the incumbent Deputy Governor in recognition of his exalted position, it is important to enlighten him on the actual position of his misinformed assertion that “ the official residence of the former deputy governor is emptied and all official vehicles assigned to him were carted away”.
He explained that Government’s vehicles in the custody are: His Staff Car (Toyota Land Cruiser) and Two (2) Toyota Hilux Trunks assigned for the movement of his security details, duly transferred to him.
“We will like to inform the incumbent Deputy Governor that the other exotic vehicles that could be noticed in the motorcade of His Excellency, Benedict Alabi, are his personal vehicles that he deplored to the services of the state.
“However, if any government vehicle is missing, Your Excellency is advised to direct your enquiries to the Director, Office of the Deputy Governor.
“It is on record that the director who was supposed to be the custodian of all the government assets and affairs in the office of the deputy governor, absconded from the office two weeks to the end of the last administration’s tenure thereby abandoned his responsibilities of inventory-taking and disengagement arrangement.
“He was suspected to be acting on the illegal instructions of the incoming deputy governor then.
“In respect to the official quarters: It is our guess that His Excellency has not visited the official quarters before making those reckless and fallacious statements as the last time that the former Deputy Governor stayed in the place was October 26, 2022 which was the day he started his annual leave.”
Explaining what he left at the residence, Alabi said, “We are stating categorically that the former Deputy Governor left behind three(3) sets of seating room furniture, dinning set, many air conditoners, television sets, refrigerators, freezers, kitchen cooker and many others.
“We therefore, implore His Excellency, to kindly ascertain his facts before making any public statement that touches on reputation of referred personalities as the unverified allegation against the person and the office of the former deputy governor is pointedly politics taken too far. His Excellency is no longer Aluta but Executive Deputy Governor.”