Mr. Kawonise insists that the Ogun State governor lied about the debt profile of the state.
A governor aspirant under the platform of Labour Party, LP, Ogun State Chapter, Sina Kawonise, on Friday challenged the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, to a public debate over the controversial N19 billion Ogun State loan.
Mr. Kawonise, who is also the immediate past Commissioner for Information in the state, said the debate is necessary for Mr. Amosun to defend the government’s position that the state’s debt profile stands at N35.6 billion.
Mr. Kawonise had said the government’s claim was false and misleading, adding that the state was actually indebted to the tune of N293.33 billion.
“I hereby challenge the Amosun administration to a public debate to be televised all over the state and even beyond. They should face me in a public debate with their best brains and financial experts,” Mr. Kawonise said.
“I stand by my position that a massive fraud is being perpetrated and the state is heavily indebted to the tune of N293.33 Billion or even more.
The additional request for yet another loan of N19 billion is therefore unreasonable, insensitive, immoral and in bad faith,” he said.
The gubernatorial aspirant said if he is proved wrong in the debate,
he would apologise to the government and people of Ogun State.
“The government’s feeble defense since I made my position known is a further confirmation that what we have in Ogun State is a government that thrives on lies and deceit. If at the end of the public debate I am proved wrong, I shall willingly tender a public apology to the government and people of Ogun State,” Mr. Kawonise said.