As he took the baton of governorship of Osun State, the sixth Governor elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke vowed to correct injustices and address every corrupt acts perpetrated by the past governors of the state. Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) beat Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 403,371 votes and was declared winner by INEC.
Adeleke announced at his inaugural address, the immediate return to status quo of all fresh appointments, placements and other major decisions taken by the past administration with effect from July 17, and ordered the immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the past administration.
Governor Adeleke went ahead and ordered the immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions and the establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets, and also ordered the reversal of the state slogan from “Land of the Virtue” back to “State of the Living Spring” which has been the state’s slogan since its creation in 1991 before it was changed by former governor, Rauf Aregbesola in 2010.
He said these directives will be backed up with appropriate Executive Orders adding that expectations of the workers, traders, artisans, farmers, business owners, students, pensioners, traditional and religious leaders and all residents of Osun State will be met.
Adeleke assured that as governor, he will meet the expectations of the people of Osun as the Chief Security Officer; and that his administration will also demonstrate a high sense of urgency, transparency, justice and innovation to tackle and solve the problems of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and poor infrastructure in the state.
“I know that as a product of the collective will of you my people, there is a heavy weight of history on my shoulders and I accept the urgency of your expectations. The depth of your aspirations and your conviction in me to build a better state will not be misplaced.’’
The newly elected governor frowned at what he described as mass employment by the immediate past administration without financial backing and pleaded with workers to give him a few weeks to review and sort out all “malicious actions and confusions’’ which the immediate past administration had created since it assumed power.
He also promised to fulfil his campaign promises which include welfare of workers and pensioners, boosting the state’s economy, home-grown infrastructure policy and people-focused policy on education.