The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned the integrity of the World Bank’s performance ratings of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of Osun state, saying it does not reflect the reality on ground.
The state government had claimed that the global body rated its performance in project implementation as the best across the country.
The PDP, in a statement issued by its chairman, Soji Adagunodo, doubted the credibility of the rating, saying a performing government does not need to seek rating from a body that does not feel the plight of the residents of the state.
“The strange World Back officials whose real identities are even shrouded in secrecy and fraudulent in details cannot tell us how good or bad the performance of a government is than the people who have been impoverished by the APC maladministration.
“If Oyetola wants to be genuinely rated, he should sample people’s opinions from Igbona and Oja’ba Markets in Osogbo, Owode and Oja Timi markets in Ede, Akinola market in Ife North, Oja Titun in Ile-Ife, Atakumosa market in ilesa ,Olufi market in Gbongan , Obada market in Odeomu, Owode market in Apomu , Odo ori market in iwo, Olobu market in ilobu , Olufon market in ifon , Alara market in Ara , Alamisi and Monday markets in ikirun. These are the authentic people that accurately rate your performance”, the party said.
However, the APC Monday in a statement signed in Osogbo by the state Director of Publicity, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, challenged the PDP to disprove this raring or “bury their heads in shame “.
It advised the PDP to desist from spreading falsehood against the administration except it has documented to disprove the World Bank rating. But the PDP opined that “all that APC and governor Oyetola is doing is to embark on propaganda in his latest efforts to disabuse the minds of the people against the inhuman treatment being meted out to Osun people.”
“Nothing can be more dishonourable than the recklessness with which the PDP had been spreading outright falsehood and misleading propaganda against the APC government in the last eight years.
“So pervasive had been the PDP propaganda and lies that it virtually created a negative impression across the country that Osun was being plundered and misgoverned by the APC
“Today, however, to the utter shame and disgrace of the PDP, the World Bank has declared Osun the best performing state in Nigeria on rural access and mobility projects.
“Besides, the Bank singled out the state as a strong performer on project implementation in the country. The fact speaks for itself.
“We dare the PDP and its chairman to produce facts and figures to prove the World Bank wrong”, the statement read.