Osun’s Governor Adeleke Sets Up Panels To Recover Looted State Assets

Osun’s Governor Adeleke Sets Up Panels To Recover Looted State Assets

By Wires Editor | The Trent on December 4, 2022
Ademola Adeleke, Kola Adegboyega Adewusi, Atiku Abubakar,
Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun has tasked the members of the panels and committees to track all looted public assets belonging to the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed, on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

The governor gave the charge after inaugurating four panels in Osogbo to also review all appointments made after July 17 by the last administration.

Adeleke, represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Kola Adewusi, decried the widespread ”pillaging” of government assets.

”You must right the wrongs and discharge your mandates with sense of urgency.

”We assure the people that we will not back down on our resolve to stop all post-July 17 illegalities,” he said, assuring that the state payroll pre-July 17 remains intact.

Adeleke said the state government has n-t sacked any worker on the Osun payroll.

”Those with issues to explain are those who entered the payroll after July 17,” he said.

The review panels inaugurated by the governor include the Staff Audit/Appointments/Promotion Review Committee (Chaired by Dr Muyiwa Oladimeji), State Assests Inventory, and Revovery Committee (Chaired by  B. T. Salam).

Others are the Contracts/MoU/Agreements Review Committee (Chaired by Mr Niyi Owolade) and Chieftency Affairs Review Committee (Chaired by Bunmi Jenyo).

First Move: Governor Adeleke Freezes Osun Bank Accounts, Vows To ‘Correct Past Injustices’

One of Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke first acts in the office is to direct that all the bank accounts belonging to the state to be frozen till further notice.

He gave the directive shortly after he was sworn in as the sixth Governor of the State.

He also reversed policies introduced by former Governor Rauf Aregbesola and vowed to review all appointments by his predecessor, former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, since July 17th 2022 when he lost election.

Adeleke, who was sworn in at the Osogbo Township Stadium on Sunday, November 27, 2022, promised to deliver all his campaign promises.

“Under my watch, I will correct past injustice, corrupt acts or policies by the previous administration which are against the collective interest of our people,” he declared.

He gave an Executive Order to reverse the policies of Aregbesola, which recognised Osun State as State of Osun.

He also announced that the slogan of the State will no longer be ‘State of Virtue’ but ‘State of Living Spring’.

Osun Tribunal Orders INEC To Produce Governor Elect Adeleke’s School Results

The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Osogbo, on Friday, November 25, 2022, ordered the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmoud Yakubu, to produce Sen. Ademola Adeleke’s results used during the 2018 governorship election in Osun.

The document tagged: “INEC Form CF001” is being demanded by Counsel for the All Progressive Congress, APC, the Petitioners.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Tertsea Kume, gave the order in his ruling on the arguments and counter arguments by both the petitioners and the respondents’ counsel as regard the INEC Form CF001.

Kume said it would amount to denying the petitioners their right to fair hearing, after the respondent, INEC, had failed to comply with the subpoena order as regard what the petitioners were demanding for.

He said the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Mutiu Agboke, represented by one Shehu Muhammed, failed to produce the Form CF001 on the excuse that they do not have the document in their custody in the state.

The tribunal chairman said that the petitioner had shown enough grounds with regards to their application/subpoena request.

He ordered INEC Chairman to produce the document on the next date of adjournment.

Kume, therefore, adjourned the case until December 1 for further hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recalls that the Tribunal had on November 16 overruled the respondents (INEC)’s oral application seeking to discountenance a subpoena brought by the petitioner.

NAN further reports that the respondent had earlier brought an application to counter the subpoena request, before withdrawing such on personal grounds and it was struck out by the tribunal.

Source: Vanguard

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