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Adeleke reverses state name, freezes Govt account

Adeleke reverses state name, freezes Govt account

By Odunayo odeja

The newly inaugurated Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has reversed the state name from ‘State of Osun’ to ‘Osun State, saying the former was alien to the constitution.

Adeleke also froze all government accounts in the state.

Adeleke made the directive in his first executive order upon inauguration on Sunday.

Adeleke, in his speech delivered at the inauguration, alleged that the erstwhile governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, carried out some actions “maliciously” after he (Adeleke) won the July 16 governorship election, including “hurried” employments without provisions to sustain them.

He said, “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.

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

“All efforts to get the governor to set up a Transition Committee and submit hand-over notes in line with best practices proved abortive.

He urged the state’s people to be patient with his government to put things in place for a new beginning.

“I request your patience and understanding to give my administration a few weeks to review and sort out all the actions and negative confusions the immediate past administration has created since July 17, 2022.

“Those actions were vindictive measures against Osun State’s people for voting them out of office.

Adeleke, in his speech, also said he would correct the injustices of past administrations.

Adeleke reverses state name, freezes Govt account

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