The newly inaugurated Osun state Governor Senator Ademola Adeleke has upon resumption of work dethroned three traditional rulers in the state.
In additional to this new development, he has also nullified 30 permanent secretaries and sacked about 12,000 workers within this short period.
According to The Guardian, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary of the Governor in the person of Olawale rasheed said that the Governor signed an executive order which covered chieftaincy, appointments issues, setting up of review panel, staff audit and employment matters.
With this signed executive order, the following are to be expected “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.”
“Executive Order number five on Chieftaincy Affairs and appointment of traditional rulers. 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.”
According to the report, the thrones remain unoccupied pending a reviewed outcome from a Committee of Inquiry into the appointments and subsequent installations. Meanwhile security agencies are to take charge and make sure that there is no further breakdown of law and order.
Also in a separate news, the Secretary to the state government, Tesleem Igbalaye announced that the chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) and its members has been suspended.
According to the statement, the Chairman and the members of the commission where suspended due to several petitions levele against them for financial misappropriation, absenteeism, abuse of office and dereliction of duty.
The statement reads thus: “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 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 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”.