The All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State over the six Executive Orders he signed on Monday.
News360 info reported that Adeleke had issued six executive orders reversing decisions made by his predecessor, Gboyega Oyetola, including the appointments of workers and installation of traditional rulers.
He also directed the suspension of the Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Segun Oladitan, alongside six members of the Commission with immediate effect.
The governor ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return of local council chairmen elected under the APC in the October 15 local government elections.
Adeleke also returned the ‘Osun State’ appellation, reversed the state motto to ‘State of Livingspring’, froze the state government’s accounts, and reversed the appointment of 30 permanent secretaries.
Reacting to the development, the APC National Vice Chairman (South-West), Isaac Kekemeke, slammed Adeleke for his actions, stressing that the new governor shouldn’t be too excited.
In a statement on Monday, Kekemeke stated that Oyetola’s tenure did not end with the new governor’s electoral victory on July 17, 2022, saying that the former governor was still in power till November 26, 2022.
The APC chieftain, therefore, admonished Adeleke to exercise authority with sobriety in order to avoid endless litigation and distractions, adding that government is a continuum.
He said, “Governor Adeleke shouldn’t be too excited; government is a continuum and is bound by contractual relationships duly entered into by competent authorities.
One thing he, Adeleke has probably and sadly overlooked is that Oyetola’s administration did not end with the announcement of his victory by the Independent National Electoral commission.
Oyetola and no other person was still governor between July 17th, and November 26th, 2022. The right to continuously review government programmes and activities must be exercised objectively and with sobriety; as to do otherwise will be courting distractions through endless litigation and agitation.
He (Adeleke) was governor-elect between that period, while Oyetola remained governor with unhindered powers to exercise the functions of that office as he deems fit, albeit legally.”