Gov Adeleke denies sacking Osun Traditional Rulers, workers

Ademola Adeleke
Ademola Adeleke

Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State, said Wednesday that no employees had been fired and that three monarchs had not been deposed.

Adeleke spoke against the previously announced Executive Orders 3, 4, and 5, which stated that employment and appointments made by former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola from July 17, 2022, until his inauguration would be void and that the thrones of three monarchs chosen by previous administrations would be vacant.

The ruling states: “After July 17, 2022, all employments made in the Osun State Government’s service in any capacity into any capacity in all ministries, departments, agencies, commissions, boards, and parastatals are hereby declared invalid.

“All appointments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in the ministries, departments, agencies, commissions, boards and parastatals after July 17, 2022 are hereby reversed.

“All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after July 17, 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.”

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However, the governor claimed yesterday on a talk show program called “Frank Talk” on a private radio station Rave FM in Osogbo that Adeleke had not fired any employees through his spokesman, Olawale Rasheed.

He emphasized that nobody had been fired and that the executive order had been misquoted when he indicated the Oyetola administration’s hiring and appointment decisions will be examined to ensure legality and due process.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has characterized Governor Adeleke’s creation of review panels as an afterthought intended to produce predetermined results.

The party advised the governor to sit down and carefully read the handover notes in order to stop the mistakes he was making.

We told you from day one that these people have nothing to offer, the APC stated in a statement that was signed by its Director of Operations, Sunday Akere. Their initial behavior makes it clear to everyone that they are even perplexed.

“They had long ago informed us that they would be sacking. They came and made the announcement. Why convene a panel once a decision has been made? What they are doing is comparable to performing ablution after praying. Who would do that?

Non-statutory boards have been dissolved by Governor Adeleke’s decision.

Malam Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson, stated in a statement that Mr. Teslim Igbalaye, the secretary to the state government, delivered the directive to the heads of ministries, departments, and agencies.

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