Political Tensions Rise Over Renovation of Osun Government House

The political atmosphere in Osun State has become charged as the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) engage in a heated exchange over the recent renovation of the Government House in Osogbo, the state capital.

The controversy ignited following comments made by the APC Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, criticizing the state Governor, Ademola Adeleke, for the lavish spending on the government house renovation amidst economic challenges. Lawal condemned the governor’s actions, stating, “It is unfortunate that the Governor could be involved in flaunting the Government House rehabilitated with N1bn in this austere period and when Osun state has been declared the corporate headquarters of poverty in Yorubaland.” He questioned the prioritization of such a project when the state’s residents are in need of economic relief.

In response, the PDP, through its Chairman, Hon Sunday Bisi, fired back, accusing the APC of hypocrisy and shamelessness. Bisi defended the renovation as a necessary upgrade to the state’s assets, bringing them “up to speed of modernity and dignity befitting of the cradle of the Yoruba race.” He further criticized the previous APC administration for its alleged looting of the government house, leaving it in a state of disrepair.

The PDP statement read, “APC as a regressive party populated by known thieves in the context of the renovated government asset was just bringing its shamelessness again to the fore by having the guts of any finger of objection to bringing the State House back to life after the edifice was set for desolate with reckless looting of almost all the interior fittings by APC officials, without any iota of consideration of the cost implications on the already mismanaged economy by the prodigal son in chief, Gboyega Oyetola.”

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This war of words highlights the ongoing political rivalry in Osun State and reflects the broader national conversation about governance priorities and economic management. The renovation project, completed and opened by Governor Adeleke on Saturday, has become a flashpoint for political debate, with both parties standing firm on their positions.

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