February 4, 2023



Adeleke steps in as Osun governor, appoints high officers, makes pronouncements, Oyetola vows to return

Senator Ademola Adeleke was Sunday sworn in on the sixth govt governor of Osun state by the state’s Chief Decide, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo.

The brand new governor took the oath alongside his deputy, Kola Adewusi.

His late uncle, Isiaka Adeleke, was the primary govt governor of the state.

His wives, Titi and Ngozi, amongst different dignitaries, together with the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, spouse of the PDP presidential candidate, Titi Atiku Abubakar, Governors of Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Godwin Obaseki, Emmanuel Udom and  Douye Diri, thronged the Osogbo metropolis stadium for the inauguration.

Others dignitaries are former governors of Osun and Oyo states, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Rasheed Ladoja respectively, former deputy governor of Osun state, Erelu Olusola Obada, Senator representing Osun East, Francis Fadahunsi, PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, Dr. Olajide Adediran, former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, Hon. Oluwole Oke and Tony Elumelu amongst others.

First appointments

And in his first appointments, GovernorAdeleke authorised the appointment of Alhaji Kassim Akinleye because the Chief of Workers, former chairman of Osogbo native authorities council, Teslim Igbalaye because the Secretary to the State Authorities and Malam Rasheed Olawale because the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

The appointments, the governor stated, “take quick impact.”


And as his first official pronouncement, Adeleke ordered the quick freezing of the state authorities’s accounts.

He claimed the erstwhile governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, carried out some actions “maliciously” after he (Adeleke) gained the July 16 governorship election, together with “hurried” employments with out provisions to maintain them.

“My Good Individuals of Osun, because you elected me as your governor on the July 16, 2022, which the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee introduced on July 17, 2022, the previous Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, maliciously began placing street blocks to make issues tough and nearly not possible for the brand new administration to serve you.

“Mass employment have been carried out with out budgetary provisions for wage funds for the brand new workers; even when the state was struggling to pay salaries and ship different providers. Varied hurried and criminally backdated contracts have been awarded and once more with out budgetary provisions.

“Appointments of a number of Obas have been hurriedly executed with out following due course of, simply to say just a few.

“All efforts to get the governor arrange a Transition Committee and submit hand-over notes according to greatest practices proved abortive.

“It’s due to this fact my need to ask in your persistence and understanding to present my administration just a few weeks to evaluation and kind out all of the actions and malicious confusions which the quick previous administration has created since July 17, 2022.

“These actions have been certainly vindictive measures in opposition to the folks of Osun State for voting them out of workplace,” Adeleke stated.

Giving new orders, he stated: “Consequently, I hereby subject the next directives which can be backed up with applicable Govt orders:

“Fast freezing of all authorities accounts in banks and different monetary establishments;

“Fast institution of a panel to hold out a listing and get better all authorities asset.

“A direct institution of a panel to evaluation all appointments and main choices of the quick previous administration taken after July 17, 2022.”

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“Let me due to this fact announce an instantaneous return to established order of all contemporary appointments, placements and different main choices taken by the quick previous administration and with impact from the seventeenth of July, 2022.

“I hereby subject the next directives which can be backed up with applicable Govt orders: quick freezing of all authorities accounts in banks and different monetary establishments.

“Fast institution of a panel to hold out a listing and get better all authorities belongings. A direct institution of a panel to evaluation all appointments and main choices of the quick previous administration taken after the 17t July 2022.

“A direct reversal to the constitutionally recognised title of our state, Osun State. All authorities insignia, correspondences and signages ought to henceforth mirror Osun state moderately than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian Structure.”

Adeleke additionally ordered the reversal of the slogan from State of the Advantage to State of the Residing Spring.

Thugs assault Amotekun

Nevertheless, some hoodlums on the stadium attacked Amotekun corps and took over two motor parks instantly after the swearing-in.

The thugs went to the motor park on the outdated storage to take over from Kazeem Oyewale (Asiri Eniba) and Oju-irin Olaiya.

Some hoodlums placing on PDP fez caps vandalised all posters and billboards and sat in entrance of the motor park after chasing away all drivers on the park.

In addition they went to Jaleyemi space and a few elements of Osun, destroying billboards and something with the inscription of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Discipline Commander of Amotekun, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, confirmed that 5 officers of the safety community have been injured by the hoodlums.

He stated: “5 of our males have been attacked on the venue of swearing-in. The hoodlums that attacked our males are criminals which are concerned in theft, drug and stealing amongst others, we now have arrested their gang members at a degree. 

“They’re solely hiding underneath political get together to launch such assault on us. It has nothing to do with politics. We won’t be intimidated by such an assault. We are going to eliminate them with the assist of the federal government.” 

Additionally, two policemen have been reportedly injured by the hoodlums through the assault on motor parks whereas the variety of a number of residents injured couldn’t be ascertained.

Marketing campaign crew, PDP govs hail Adeleke

In its reactions,  the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Marketing campaign Organisation hailed Adeleke on his inauguration, saying it has set the stage for the streak of victory of the PDP which, it stated  would  climax on Might 29, 2023, when its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, would  be sworn in too.

The marketing campaign spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in an announcement Sunday stated: “The folks of Osun State are the primary beneficiary of the higher life which the PDP can be berthing on the nationwide stage with impact from Might 29, 2023.

“Our marketing campaign commends the Individuals of Osun State for his or her perseverance within the final 4 years of pains throughout which their collectively hard-earned fortunes have been ferried to Bourdillon by the ‘Ajele’

 “We have a good time the Individuals of Osun State for asserting themselves and liberating their state from the yoke of anguish, misrule and accompanying pains which the All Progressives Congress has come to symbolize in our nation.”

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Ologbondiyan urged Nigerians to strengthen the feat achieved in Osun  by being steadfast of their resolve to vote Abubakar within the February 2023 Presidential election.

In a associated growth, the PDP Governors’ Discussion board (PDP-GF) additionally congratulated Senator Adeleke on his inauguration.

An announcement by Director-Common of the discussion board, C.I.D. Maduabum stated Adeleke’s  “July 2022 victory on the polls was an affidavit to the gallant efforts, onerous work, teamwork, skillful campaigns, environment friendly useful resource allocation, openness and humility exhibited by His Excellency through the years saying that on the campaigns, he focused on points that mattered most to Osun folks and so they, in flip, responded in type with their votes, bestowing on him and the PDP an earth-shaking victory of historic proportions. This proves as soon as once more that God’s time is the most effective. He chooses the time and the place.”

“This mandate has all of the trapping of the love and prayers of the folks. The PDP–GF appears ahead to a really participating and affluent first tenure for Governor Adeleke and enjoins all of the folks of the state to proceed to wish for him, and assist him with their undiluted loyalty, as his coronary heart is filled with love and concern for his or her wellbeing.

“At present, the trail has been cleared and the sunshine of progress is shining on Osun State. It’s now time for the ‘Peoples governor’, a person a lot beloved by the folks, to settle all the way down to develop a roadmap for the fast growth of Osun State. The state deserves the most effective.

“The Discussion board, on this historic event, celebrates together with his household and the folks of Osun State who’ve entrusted management to him,” it added.

It should restore Osun glory – Adagunduro

Additionally, PDP Nationwide Vice Chairman South-west Hon Olasoji Adagunodo has stated  the return of PDP administration would restore the glory of Osun state and produce succour to the folks.

Adagunodo, in an announcement Sunday, stated: “We rejoice with and congratulate Governor Ademola Adeleke on his swearing because the sixth govt governor of Osun. We’ve little question in our minds that Osun will witness a better dimension of financial progress and growth in your quest to maneuver the state to a greater place.”

“Mr Governor, it isn’t doubtful that your ardour and commendable dedication to serve humanity stay unparalleled. It could, nonetheless, curiosity you to know that participatory democracy and governance is the in-thing now.

“It’s our agency prayers that God will proceed to steer and direct you proper for the good thing about the folks you sworn to steer and for the best good of the PDP,” he added.

Oyetola vows to return

However former Governor Oyetola has vowed to return to workplace, simply as he stated he left N14 billion within the state’s coffers for his successor.

In his farewell message in Osogbo, Oyetola said that his administration paid N97 billion of the debt it inherited in 2018 when he assumed workplace.

His media aide, Ismaila Omipidan, stated this in an announcement made out there to journalists Sunday and obtained by Blueprint.

Oyetola additionally stated his administration didn’t borrow any cash from wherever to finance the state’s financial system, insisting he stored religion and maintained constancy together with his electoral guarantees all through his tenure.

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He stated: “We’re forsaking money steadiness of greater than N14 billion. Along with the N14 billion money, one other N8 billion is being anticipated between December and January 2023 from our efficiency in States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability programme (SFTAS) and from Internally Generated Income.

“SFTAS is a authorities programme designed to advance fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability of states of the federation.

“For 4 years, we didn’t take any financial institution mortgage. We benefitted from the N3 billion month-to-month interventions by the Federal Authorities to all of the states for six months to cushion the impact of deductions of funds assist facility and wage bailouts taken by the earlier administration.

“We paid N97 billion from the whole debt we inherited in 2018.”

Oyetola additional stated the state was anticipating 72 million {dollars} from different programmes and from the NG-CARES programme of the federal authorities, amongst a number of others, including “these are earned, primarily based on efficiency. And we now have certainly carried out to earn them.’’

The previous governor stated his administration put the state’s financial system on a surer footing by means of its people-centred and masses-focused tasks, promptly executed to make life worthwhile for the folks.

He asserted that the state’s financial system stabilised throughout his tenure giving the sharp enhance in its GDP.

Oyetoal stated: “As I step apart at the moment following the conclusion of the four-year tenure you freely gave me, I thank God and I thank the folks of Osun in your assist, cooperation and prayers through the years.

“I recall how the journey started 4 years in the past; how by your perception in me and your conviction within the plans and programmes of our get together, the All Peoples Congress (APC), you exercised your proper to vote for me.

“As we draw the curtains on this primary tenure, we’re satisfied that we neither reneged on our promise nor dissatisfied you.

“We stored religion with you and maintained constancy with our electoral guarantees.”

Expressing confidence in his return to the workplace, he stated: “As a law-abiding citizen and authorities, we’re stepping apart to permit the regulation to take its course.

“We sit up for proceed to serve you in no distant future. We’ve absolute belief in God that we will be again quickly as we now have implicit belief and confidence within the Judiciary to do justice within the case earlier than it.’’

“The solar shall shine once more, brighter and hotter and the sustainable growth and participatory governance that we enthroned, which have been applauded by native and worldwide organisations, shall be restored and placed on a surer and higher footing.

“There will be no substitute to people-oriented and development-savvy governance in a democracy.

“The taproots of the unprecedented good governance, inclusive and participatory governance that we launched, which delivered large equitable tasks and programmes, are too sturdy to be uprooted.

“As we finish our first time period, relaxation assured that Osun is extra secure economically than we met it in 2018 and it remained probably the most peaceable state within the nation underneath our management,’’ he said.