The Alliance for Democracy, AD, governorship candidate in Osun State, Olugbenga Akintola, had on Thursday, in Osogbo, said that civil servants, pensioners and other categories of people in the stage have been turned to mere beggars because of the policy of the present government.
In an acceptance speech at the beginning of his gubernatorial campaign, the AD candidate said workers and pensioners were subjected to suffering for 34 months because of irregular payment of salaries and modulated salaries introduced by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led All Progressives Congress, APC, government.
Akintola said although the situation in the state was very bad, he was ready to rebuild the state into a prosperous state if voted into power.
According to him, the state needed to be rebuilt, stressing that his administration would make the people its focus of development in order to develop them and make their lives meaningful.
He said, “I accept the flag of our party at a moment when 4.2million Osun people are in a battle of day-to-day survival. I accept the flag of our party when the debt of Osun State is more than N200bn. I accept the flag of our party when our hardworking citizens have been turned to beggars because of 34 months’ half salaries.
“I, therefore, stand here today humbled by the privilege given to me to bring atunse (rebuilding) to the repressive and oppressive conditions of Osun people.
Whatever is good does not require to be rebuilt, my people, we need to rebuild Osun by putting people at the centre of development. Our rebuilding agenda puts Osun people at the centre of economic development and human capital investment”.