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Adeleke Dethrones Three Osun Monarchs 24hrs After Inauguration

Ademola Adeleke, Osun State Governor, has dethroned three monarchs appointed by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Just before handing over government to Adeleke, the former governor Oyetola appointed various monarchs. They include; Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Yinusa Akadiri, Aree of Iree, Oba Ademola Oluponle, and Oba Adegboyega Famodun.

The former governor also approved the appointment of 30 permanent secretaries to the various ministries.

The thrones of the Akirun of Akirun, Aree of Iree, and Owa of Igbajo, however, remain vacant pending the findings of a Committee of Inquiry to examine their selections and subsequent installs, Adeleke declared in a statement signed by his spokeswoman, Olawale Rasheed, roughly 24 hours after the inauguration.

According to the statement, the six Executive Orders issued by the governor which border on the reversal of monarchs appointments, appointment, and placement of civil servants, employment, and freezing of government accounts have been signed this morning and take immediate effect.

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

“All employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17th, 2022 be and are hereby nullified,” he said.

The Governor, according to the statement, also ordered the reversal of appointments into civil service and directed heads of government agencies to embark on staff audits immediately.

“All Heads of Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards, and Parastatals of Osun State Government are hereby directed to carry out an immediate staff audit of the actual number of government workers in their various Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards, and Parastatals, as at 17th July 2022, and should file a report to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor stating the full details and position/designation of each of the staff on the forwarded list, within 7 working days from the date of this Executive order using the attached Oath of Fidelity Template.”

“All appointments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after 17th July 2022 be and are hereby reversed”, the statement reads.”

Similarly, a statement issued by Teslim Igbalaye, the Secretary to the State Government, ordered the immediate suspension of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC.

It reads, “The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has directed the immediate suspension of the Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Mr. Segun Oladitan and the following members of the Commission; Mr. Yusuf Oyeniran, Alhaja Suibat Adubi, Prince Yinka Ajiboye, Mrs. Abosede Omibeku, Mr. Dosu Gidigbi, and Mr. Wahab Adewoyin”

“This suspension is a sequel to several petitions bothering on financial impropriety, dereliction of duty, absenteeism, and abuse of office against the said Chairman and members of the Commission.”

“Pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations against the suspended Chairman and members of the Commission, the Secretary to the Commission shall hold forth in running the affairs of the Commission.”

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