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I Did Not Collect Salary For Eight Years As Governor Of Osun State — Aregbesola

Valentine Chinyem



The outgoing governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that he did not earn salaries as governor during his eight years tenure.

The governor disclosed this during an interactive programme tagged ‘Ogbeni Till Day Break’ on Saturday in Osogbo.

He said since the state that was feeding him, fueling his cars and providing him with accommodation, there was no need for him to be paid.

Aregbesola also said that he did not have bank accounts where money was kept in any part of the world.

He said: “I have not collected salaries since I became the governor of the state.

“The state feeds me, fuel my car and provided me accommodation. With all these, I don’t need money.
“I have no money and bank account anywhere.

“I have no house except the one I built before I became the governor.
“Anyone can go out there to investigate if I have bank accounts.”

However, Aregbesola who will handing over to the governor-elect, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola on November 27 said he would vacate the government house by Monday, November 19. He noted that his reason for leaving the government house earlier was to give his successor enough time to do necessary renovations.

When asked what his regrets were as a governor in the last eight years, he said he had no regrets.

He said: “If you give me another four years to rule again, I will still do what I did before and I will not do anything differently.”

On his next political plans after office, Aregbesola said he was going to rest for awhile from politics.

He said: “l had been in politics since my secondary school days. I have had been an absentee husband for many years because of politics but for now, I want to be with my wife.”

On his achievements, the governor said he was happy that his social investment programmes supported and transformed the lives of the people in the state.

He also said that the infrastructure development his administration embarked upon would continue to be a reference point in the state, adding that all the roads he built would last for the next 50 years.

Aregbesola, however, described his successor as a silent achiever and a goal-getter expected to build on his legacies.

He said: “Oyetola is not radical like me but he is a silent achiever.
“He contributed immensely to the success of my administration and I know he will do well in office.”