Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of the state of Osun, and now national secretary of Nigeria’s ruling party, the PDP, has claimed that the Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF) in Osogbo belongs to his wife, Omolola.
The project’s centre has been taken over by the state government.
Oyinlola spoke while purportedly receiving 750 party supporters, who defected from Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to the PDP, a claim debunked by the ruling ACN.
He said the foundation was a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and was funded with private donations.
Mr Basiru Ajibola, the state’s Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, had said the centre was built with government money.
He had said at a press conference recently that the centre belonged to the state government.
However, Oyinlola argued that the centre was an initiative of his wife and not a government project.
Oyinlola, who left office in November 2010 after the Court of Appeal in Ibadan pronounced Rauf Aregbesola as the duly-elected governor, said he was yet to get his entitlements.
In a reaction, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, ACN’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, faulted what he called the purported defection of the party’s members to the PDP.
“No true ACN member will leave the party for the PDP,’’ he said