Gboyega Oyetola and Ademola Adeleke

The former Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, has said that his government left N14 billion in the state’s accounts for the new government of his successor, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

This was revealed in a farewell note made public by the former governor’s media aide, Mr Ismaila Omipidan in Osogbo on Sunday.

Oyetola affirmed that his government made the payment of N97 billion from the debt he met in office in 2018.

The former Governor added that his government did not borrow from any quarter to bankroll the economy of the state.

“We are leaving behind cash balance of more than N14 billion.

“In addition to the N14 billion cash, another N8 billion is being expected between December and January 2023 from our performance in States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability programme (SFTAS) and from Internally Generated Revenue.

“For four years, we did not take any bank loan.

“We benefitted from the N3 billion monthly interventions by the Federal Government to all the states for six months to cushion the effect of deductions of budget support facility and salary bailouts taken by the previous administration.

“We paid N97 billion from the total debt we inherited in 2018,’’ he stated.

“These are earned, based on performance. And we have indeed performed to earn them,’’ he added.

“As I step aside today following the conclusion of the four-year tenure you freely gave me, I thank God and I thank the people of Osun for your support, cooperation and prayers over the years.

“I recall how the journey began four years ago; how by your belief in me and your conviction in the plans and programmes of our party, the All Peoples Congress (APC), you exercised your right to vote for me.

“As we draw the curtains on this first tenure, we are convinced that we neither reneged on our promise nor disappointed you.

“We kept faith with you and maintained fidelity with our electoral promises,’’ Oyetola stated.

“As a law-abiding citizen and government, we are stepping aside to allow the law to take its course.

“We look forward to continue to serve you in no distant future.

“We have absolute trust in God that we shall be back soon as we have implicit trust and confidence in the Judiciary to do justice in the case before it,’’ he stated

“The sun shall shine again, brighter and warmer and the sustainable development and participatory governance that we enthroned, which were applauded by local and international organisations, shall be restored and put on a surer and better footing.

“There can be no substitute to people-oriented and development-savvy governance in a democracy.

“The taproots of the unprecedented good governance, inclusive and participatory governance that we introduced, which delivered massive equitable projects and programmes, are too strong to be uprooted.

“As we end our first term, rest assured that Osun is more stable economically than we met it in 2018 and it remained the most peaceful state in the country under our leadership,’’ he stated.

“On behalf of our team, I appeal to you all to continue to be law-abiding and to work assiduously to build the Osun of our dreams.

“Together, we shall continue to mend the broken walls of our dear state and restore her glory for our collective good and that of posterity,’’ he stated.

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