Reports have emerged claiming former governor of Osun State and the incumbent Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, was paid 96 months salary arrears secretly towards the end of his tenure in 2018.
Aregbesola had on numerous occasions claimed that he did not receive any salary throughout his two-term as governor due t his personal conviction on inclusive governance.
But Daily Post gathered that Aregbesola had directed the Ministry of Finance – before the end of his tenure – to pay his salaries for the whole eight years in office, amounting to several millions of Naira, which was paid to his personal account.
It would be recalled that Aregbesola, at different occasions had also claimed not to operate any personal account throughout his tenure in office.
But a very reliable source at the Ministry of Finance said there is verifiable evidence to substantiate that Interior Minister received all accruing salaries meant for his office in bulk.
“Although, I cannot specifically state the exact amount the 96 months salaries amounted to, what I can say is that it runs into several millions of naira, and the former governor was paid towards the end of his second term tenure in office, sometime around October, 2018,” the source said.
Reacting, a socio-political group in the State, Osun for Accountability, lambasted Aregbesola for what it termed lack of transparency and probity on the part of the former governor.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the State Coordinator, Comrade Adediwura Ominrin, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate Aregbesola.
He said the action of the former governor was unbecoming of a personality he claimed to be during his 8-year tenure as a governor, escribing him as a “political obscurantist”.
“It is now glaring that the former governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was so deceptive throughout his tenure in office. He ran a government of deception and double standard.
“It is criminal for a public officer older of this stature and status to say something in the open and went ahead to do another thing, especially when it has to do with finance. How could you have mopped up a whole sum of 96 months salaries while claiming not to collect a dime throughout your tenure,’’ he said.