Mr. Oyinlola said the foundation was his wife’s and not that of the Osun Government.
A former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has said the Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF) in Osogbo belongs to his wife, Omolola.
Mr. Oyinlola, now the Peoples Democratic Party National Secretary, made the declaration on Friday in Osogbo while reacting to a recent decision by the Osun State Government to take over the project.
The former governor, who spoke while receiving 750 party supporters, who defected from Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, to the PDP, said the foundation was a non-governmental organisation, NGO.
“The project was being funded with donations from well-meaning Nigerians,’’ he said.
Mr. Oyinlola said the WOCDIF centre was not built with government funds as being claimed by the present administration in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Basiru Ajibola, had made the claims.
Mr. Ajibola said at a press conference recently that the centre belonged to the state government.
However, Mr. Oyinlola argued that the centre was an initiative of his wife and not a government project.
He said the centre was registered as an NGO with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
The former governor urged concerned Nigerians to find out details of the centre’s ownership from the Commission.
Mr. 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.
Meanwhile, in a reaction, the ACN’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, 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.