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Adeleke Freezes State Accounts After Take Over

Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was sworn-in, yesterday, as governor and he immediately hit the ground with tough decisions.

First, he directed that a panel of inquiry is set up to probe last minutes appointments and placements ordered by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola. He also ordered the reversal of the state nomenclature from the State of Osun to Osun State and froze all state accounts with immediate effect.

Senator Adeleke officially took over as Governor of Osun State after taking his oath of office at 11.45 a.m.

The oath of office was administered to the Governor by the State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo.

The Governor arrived at the Osogbo Stadium venue around 11:20 am after which his deputy, Prince Kola Adewusi, mounted the podium to take his oath before Adeleke took his turn.

Adeleke in his inaugural speech after he was sworn-in, as the sixth executive governor of the state, said all injustice perpetrated by his predecessor will be corrected.

His words: “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; an immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognized 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.

To review Oyetola’s appointments

Also, the Governor ordered the establishment of a panel of inquiry to study and review appointments and placements of his predecessor from July 17, 2022, to date.

“My Good People of Osun, since you elected me as your Governor on the 16th of July 2022, which the INEC announced on July 17th, 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 employments 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 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.

“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 the 17th July 2022.”

Governor Adeleke pledged that his administration will guarantee local government autonomy in line with Nigeria’s Constitution to make the third tier of government more responsive to the people at the grassroots.

“In line with our campaign manifesto, our government will ensure local government autonomy in line with the provisions of the Nigeria constitution.

“We will restore the lost glory of our local governments to make them more responsive to the needs of the people at the grassroots. All policies that are not favorable to the growth of effective local government administration will be reviewed under the law.

“No form of illegality will be allowed to stand and all acts of impunity committed by the immediate past administration on local government administration will be reversed following due process”, said Adeleke.

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