The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the past month of Ademola Adeleke’s administration has been marked by stagnation, movement without motion, arrested development, and the invitation of all sorts of embarrassing but avoidable incidents.
It further claimed that the state has experienced a series of unfortunate events and situations since the new administration took office on November 27, 2022.
According to a statement released Tuesday in Osogbo and signed by the Osun APC Director of Media, Kola Olabisi, the party continues to believe that Adeleke, the state governor, can start, much less move the state’s symbolic vehicle.
In a statement, the opposition said, “since the Ede-born accidental State governor strangely found his way into the political driver’s seat of the State thirty days ago, the story has been the unnecessary chastisement of the members of the opposition with violent attacks and victimisation. His predecessor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola and members of his cabinet have not been spared of the malicious attacks either, as spurious and fabricated allegations are daily peddled against them to tarnish their good image.
“It was the third day after his inauguration that Adeleke started to complain ceaselessly with cooked-up allegations against Oyetola of looting the government house and staff quarters and plunging the state into humongous debt.
“Adeleke’s first assignment, following his maiden address, was the invocation of six illegal Executive Orders, among which were freezing all the State and local government accounts in all the banks and needless locking out of three monarchs in the Osun Central Senatorial District of the State.
“Adeleke’s invocation of executive orders to run his government are illegal because only the governor doesn’t constitute the State executive council; such executive orders could only be exercised after the subject of a policy has been subjected to robust debates in the State executive council.
“Since the State executive council is not yet in place, the purported executive orders are efforts in futility and illegal; any policy that emanates from the illegal executive order is spineless and cannot stand the test of time.”
According to Olabisi, Adeleke instituted committees to manage his administration to bring charges against his predecessor, Oyetola, his government and those who collaborated with him.
“The people of Osun State will not forget in a hurry the number of irritating press statements that the PDP/Adeleke have churned out within the last month, which are believed to have surpassed the number of press statements released in the life of the administration of Oyetola.
“Ineptitude, ignorant and lazy approach of Adeleke and his handlers to governance is why the PDP and the interim governor have refused to learn that the law, convention and practice have verifiable protection for Oyetola and members of his cabinet in the vehicle carting away saga.
“It is also on record that Nurudeen Adeleke failed to accord required courtesy to Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who, in his usual practise, came for his ministerial mission a few days to this year’s Christmas. Adeleke refused to grace the programme with his presence, but he also did not send any official to represent him at the event held at Ada in Boripe Local Government Council Area of the state, a legful kilometres to Abere, the seat of power.
“Through his politics of vendetta, victimisation and oppression, Adeleke contributed to the celebration of a bleak Christmas festival for all the public workers who served Oyetola as he refused to pay them their November salaries under the guise that they were in possession of government vehicles which is falsehood.
“In the last 30 days also, the list of extra-judicial killings and attacks on members and perceived members of the opposition (APC) has been on the increase while professed political thugs are constantly on the prowl in the state.”
Having been in the opposition for twelve years without molestation or oppression by Oyetola or his party, the party is advising the PDP and Adeleke to learn how to play politics and co-habit with the opposition with tolerance. It is also calling on the Osun Police Command and other security agencies in the state to double their efforts and be further proactive in addressing the political schism frontally in the state.