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Adeleke freezes Osun account, appoints former council boss, two others as aides

By News Desk

The newly inaugurated Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has frozen all government accounts and appointed an Osogbo Local Government former chairman, Teslim Igbalaye, as the Secretary to the State Government and two other aides minutes after assuming office.

Others appointed by Adeleke to prevent lapses in governance in the state were: Kazeem Akinleye as his Chief of Staff and Olawale Rasheed as the government’s spokesperson.

He gave the directives during his inauguration on Sunday, arguing that the erstwhile governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, carried out some actions that were allegedly maliciously after he (Adeleke) won the July 16 governorship election, including employment of workers without provisions to sustain them.

While claiming that these actions were roadblocks channeled at making things difficult for his administration, Adeleke also reversed the state name from ‘State of Osun’ to ‘Osun State’, describing the former as an alien.

“My Good People of Osun, since you elected me as your governor on July 16, 2022, which the Independent National Electoral Commission announced on July 17, 2022, the former Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, maliciously started putting roadblocks to make things difficult and almost impossible for the new administration to serve you.

“Mass employment were carried out without budgetary provisions for salary payments for the new employees; even when the state was struggling to pay salaries and deliver other services. Various hurried and criminally backdated contracts were awarded and again without budgetary provisions.

“Appointments of several Obas were hurriedly done without following due process, just to mention a few. All efforts to get the governor to set up a Transition Committee and submit hand-over notes in line with best practices proved abortive.

“It is therefore my desire to ask for your patience and understanding to give my administration a few weeks to review and sort out all the actions and malicious confusions which the immediate past administration has created since July 17, 2022. Those actions were indeed vindictive measures against the people of Osun State for voting them out of office,” Adeleke said.

Giving new orders, he said, “Consequently, I hereby issue the following directives which will be backed up with appropriate Executive orders:

“Immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions; Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets. An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after July 17, 2022.

“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, ‘Osun State’. All government insignia, correspondences, and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”

Meanwhile, the appointments were confirmed through a statement released by the governor hours after he was sworn in as the sixth governor.

Adeleke added that the appointments of the three aides take immediate effect.

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