- Sacks OSIEC Chair, Dethrones 3 Monarch, Sacks 30 Perm Secs, 12,000 Workers
- Gov and Osun Assembly Set For Showdown
- His Action constitutes a breach of the law and could be impeached- Nigerians.
- PDP has only two member in yhe House of assembly,warned to tread carefully.
By Babajide Okeowo
With barely a day in the saddle of affairs as the Governor of Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke’s tenure has started off on an acrimonious footing as he has continued to reverse many of the decisions of his predecessors, Rauf Aregbesola and Gboyega Oyetola.
Shortly after his swearing-in ceremony, Adeleke ordered that all operational bank accounts of the state government be frozen.
Not done, in fulfilling his promises to review all appointments that Oyetola made since 17th July when the All-Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate lost the bid for re-election, on Monday, he sacked 30 Permanent Secretaries, 12,000 workers recently appointed by the immediate past governor, Oyetola.
He also dethroned three traditional rulers; Akinrun of Ikinrun Oba Yinusa Akadiri; Aree of Ire Oba Ademola Oluponle and Owa of Igbajo, Oba Gboyega Famodun. He ordered the monarch to vacate their palaces, asking security operatives to take over.
Adeleke also suspended the chairman and members of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC).
Adeleke also issued an Executive Order to reverse the policies of Aregbesola, which recognised Osun State as the “State of Osun”.
In place of the slogan, the “State of Virtue”, he announced the “State of Living Spring”.
A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Olawale Rasheed on Monday stated that Adeleke signed the Executive Orders, which “covered chieftaincy matters, appointments issues, setting up of review panel, staff audit and employment matters.”
The release reads: “All employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after 17th July 2022 be and are hereby nullified.
“Executive Order number five on Chieftaincy Affairs and appointment of traditional rulers. All appointments of traditional rulers made by the Osun State Government after 17th July 2022 are hereby ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies. In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review. Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge”.
Another statement by the secretary to the state government, Tesleem Igbalaye, announced the suspension of OSIEC Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan and the commission’s members.
They are: Yusuf Oyeniran, Suibat Adubi, Prince Yinka Ajiboye, Abosede Omibeku, Dosu Gidigbi, and Wahab Adewoyin.
Igbalaye noted that the suspension was a sequel to several petitions bothering on financial impropriety, dereliction of duty, absenteeism and abuse of office against the commission’s members.
“Pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations against the suspended Chairman and members of the Commission, the Secretary to the Commission shall hold forth in running the affairs of the commission,” the statement further stated.
His actions have continued to generate heated exchanges online with opinions divided.
According to Ajayi Olupona, Adeleke risks being impeached or having his victory annulled.
Within 24 hours after he was sworn in as the state governor, Adeleke sacked 3 Obas and decided to change the name of the state on his own without following due process via the State House of Assembly. Honestly, the people of Osun State are in serious trouble!
Two things are likely going to befall him in the coming days; 1. He is likely going to be impeached or 2. His election would be annulled in a matter of time!” he wrote.
According to another user, Mannote Mannote he opined that “I think Adeleke is in a hurry for the actions he has taken within 24 hours. If he starts his government bickering, four years will come so soon and he finds out he has wasted all his time fighting. He won’t do everything in one day and this is an election period” he counselled.
Oyeyemi Oyetunde also opined that the dancing-senator risks impeachment with his actions.
“From day one, he has started violating the constitution, people of Osun you see your lives! Impeachment is imminent” he also wrote.
Another user 1967Ruffles cautioned the governor against creating unnecessary problems for himself.
“Why is PDP Adeleke creating unnecessary logger-head with a State Assembly with 23 APC and only 3 PDP members? He should better be advised to tread softly o” he admonished.
Explaining the reasons for the governor’s actions, a user simply identified as Joint Chief said Adeleke’s action became necessary in the face of the reckless spending spree, reckless appointments and failure to set up a transition committee.
“What would you do if the person you were meant to take over from went on a reckless spending spree, reckless appointments, reckless payments to contractors and refused to set up a transition committee? Freezing the govt account doesn’t mean govt would not honour its legitimate agreements, it just means the new government can in real-time evaluate all its financial resources within a short period of time to assess what it has in its balances, commitments, and outgoings. Such action doesn’t last long and is often lifted within a week” he stated.
Meanwhile, in an apparent about-turn, the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on Monday said it had withdrawn the Certificates of Return from the local government chairmen and councillors elected on Oct.15.
Its Secretary, Mr Adedapo Adejumo, made this known in a statement in Osogbo.
Adejumo said that the commission would not appeal against the Friday judgment of the Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, which nullified their elections.
“Consequent upon the judgment of the Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo in the case FHC\OS\CS\94\2022, involving the Peoples Democratic Party VS the Independent National Electoral Commission and six others, delivered on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, which nullified the Local Government Elections conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on Oct. 15, 2022, the commission hereby announces its decision not to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court.
“The decision of the Commission is coming against the backdrop of OSIEC’s failure to follow strictly the provisions of Section 24 of OSIEC Law, 2022 and Section 28 of the Electoral Act, 2022, which mandated the Commission to give notice of 360 days before the conduct of the election.
“In view of this, the OSIEC aligns perfectly with the decision of the Federal High Court, as the elections stand nullified.
“Consequently, the Certificates of Return already issued to the purportedly elected Chairmen and Councillors are hereby withdrawn with immediate effect,” the Osun Electoral Commission scribe said.
Also, it seems the governor will be in for a torrid time with the State’s House of Assembly as the assembly has kicked against moves by the governor to change the name of the state without recourse to the law.
The Osun State House of Assembly maintained that the description of Osun State as the “State of the Virtuous” still stands
The Osun Assembly also announced that while it is aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing “Osun State”, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means would not be drawn into the matter.
The announcement was made known in a release by Moshood Kunle Akande, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity on Monday in Osogbo.
The release read thus: “The State of Osun House of Assembly having reviewed the inaugural speech of the Governor and the activities of the inauguration hereby resolves as follows:
“The usage of the State Anthem, Crest and Flag is an enactment of law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.
“The enactment “State of Osun Anthem, Crest and Flag Law, 2012” assented to on the 18th of December, 2012 contained in Schedule I, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the elements in the crest, Schedule IV is The Flag and Schedule, the symbolic significance of the elements in the UN
“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing “Osun State”, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means would not be drawn into this matter.
“However, the State shall and will continue to be described as the State of the Virtuous (Ipinle Omoluabi).”
It is left to be seen how the governor hopes to navigate the remaining years of his tenure following the acrimonious manner it has taken off.