Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said opposition parties are using the financial crisis confronting the state to sponsor attacks against him because of the role he and the state played in defeating former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He was reported to have made the remark in Ipetumodu at a reception in honour of the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina.
According to the governor, Osun State was not the only state owing workers but the opposition used the opportunities presented by the crisis to unleash hate campaigns against him in the media.
Aregbesola added, “Every objective-minded Nigerian should pause to ask the pertinent question: Is Osun the only state which owe workers’ salary?
“The apparent answer is no. More than 22 states found themselves in this crisis.
“The reason Osun is always in the news is not far to seek. I make bold to say that some individuals in the state are deliberately sponsoring hate campaigns against the state because of my government’s role in the ‘Project Change’ that led to the downfall of their party during the general elections.
“It is not news again that our state contributed to the defeat of their leader (Goodluck Jonathan).
“What they did is to latch on to the general financial crisis to wage a war of attrition against Osun Government in the media. All the bad portrayals of Osun have their root in our opposition to Jonathan”.