In what appeared as a foretaste what awaits Osun people in the months and years ahead, newly sworn – in Governor Ademola Adeleke has sacked no fewer 12,000 workers less than 24 hours after his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola, left office.
Adeleke who is jokingly referred to as ‘dancing Senator,’ ordered the sack of three rraditional rulers and directed the affected monarchs to vacate their thrones and palaces immediately.
Adeleke also asked security operatives to take over the palace of the displaced Obas.
The duslodged monarchs include Akinrun of Ikinrun Oba Yinusa Akadiri; Aree of Ire Oba Ademola Oluponle and Owa of Igbajo, Oba Gboyega Famodun.
Not done, the Governor also nullified the appointment of 30 Permanent Secretaries and suspended the chairman and members of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) in one fell swoop.
The sweeping action of governor Adeleke was conveyed in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Adeleke, Olawale Rasheed on Monday.
Rasheed stated that the new Governor signed the Executives orders which covered chieftaincy matters, appointments issues, setting up of review panel, staff audit and employment matters.”
Other people swept away by Adekeke’s
Executive orders included 30 permanent secretaries.
The statement reads: “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.”
A statement by the Secretary to Osun State Government, Tesleem Igbalaye, also announced the suspension of the chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Mr. Segun Oladitan and its members.