The ruling party in Osun State, All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the opposition of labelling the recent concession contract agreement between Osun State Government and Turkish Construction Firm, Biray Construction Company for the completion of the Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola International Airport in Ido-Osun, as an inflated to disable the project.
The party, in a statement issued and signed by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, in Osogbo, described the criticism as destructive and anti-growth and development of the state.
According to the APC, the opposition party is targeting to disable the project by labelling it ‘inflated contract arrangement’, which it would abrogate and renegotiate, should it ever come to power in the state.
The party noted that the concessionaire arrangement is costing Osun government no penny in actual construction funding, stressing that whatever the cost, it’s the concessionaire’s business to find the cost to construct the airport.
It said: “ignorance and fake news peddling are dangerous poison which the PDP and a few others are spreading in Osun.
“They will not only destabilise, overheat and eventually destroy the state, they are capable of affecting the mentality of our people negatively that they might be unable to distinguish lies from truth, the APC said.
“Imagine the attempt to derail the airport project, first of its kind in Nigeria as cargo, regular airport, with hanger facility for maintenance of aircraft. The project is significant for local and international business contact, and job creation for the state.
“You begin to wonder why any sane person or party would want to destroy these projects if not for sheer wickedness and a tendency for kleptocracy which is the trademark of Osun PDP.”
The APC therefore appealed to people of goodwill in the state to “help educate and properly inform our people before PDP lies and fake news syndrome lead them irreversibly downhill. Osun needs all the help it can get to save itself from a movement into self-destruct,” APC concluded.
SOURCE: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER