The Osun State government yesterday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the party was suffering from serious intellectual laziness.
Recall that the state PDP chairman, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, had in a statement on Friday, described the 2018 budget presented by Governor Gboyega Oyetola, entitled ‘Budget of Hope’ as a conscious admittance of ‘hopeless administration of the Aregbesola-led administration in the state’.
However, yesterday, the former Commissioner for Information, who the newly appointed Supervisor in the Ministry, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, in a statement in Osogbo, dismissed the criticism noting that members of the opposition PDP were suffering from serious intellectual laziness.
He said critics of the budget clearly lacked knowledge and competence saying that they failed woefully to address the content of the budget as a whole.
According to him, “no critical minded opposition will embark on wild goose chase as PDP has done on the budget.
“It is this regular demonstration of sheer self denial of the substantial success of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration that will eventually put PDP to permanent displacement in the annals of Osun political history as their obvious lack of depth and capacity to admit some good deeds when seen as strength in the opposition business in a democracy.
“We take exception to criticism which tends to be fallacious in nature and without benefit of any kind to our people. How will anybody continue to argue with scientific facts as provided by credible world organisations upon which the Aregbesola administration had been consistently rated against the remaining 35 states in Nigeria?
“It will take only a PDP with serious short-sightedness, lack of clear thinking, knowledge and capacity to decipher the good from the bad to continue to refuse to acknowledge the prodigious achievements of Aregbesola.
“This embarrassing and primitive attitude of PDP is unbecoming of a civilized opposition party in a democracy and it rather shows the level of their desperation in discrediting the legitimately constituted government of Oyetola by all crooked means possible”, the statement said.
It further stressed that despite the level of economic predicament ‘occasioned by PDP-led Federal Government’, the state was rated the best in terms of tax payment, least poverty stricken state , the state with least misery index, and the state with least number of unemployment in the country.
“It is absurd that PDP failed to congratulate Osun as an entity for these accolades even if their politics of bitterness will not allow them to see the many achievements made possible by the Aregbesola led APC government. May we note with utmost pride that we were not that moribund to truth when we were in their shoes as opposition to their lackluster government before us.
“The Budget of Hope as presented by Governor Oyetola is in clear understanding of people without mischief that it is life more abundant for the sons and daughters of Osun, it’s residents and a tactical invitation to others to be part of our movement towards prosperity, which started eight years ago and gradually manifesting and which will gain greater fillip with a sound and clear mind like Governor Oyetola behind the wheel of our progress and not one clueless person without any serious education”, the statement said in part.