Friday 19 January 2024

Adeleke's Purported Removal Of Oba Famodun As Owa Of Igbajo Is Vindictive, Politically-motivated .... Shows Lack Of Regard To Rule Of Law, Due Process--- Osun APC

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the nullification of the selection process that produced Oba Adegboyega Famodun as the Owa of Igbajoland by Governor Ademola Adeleke describing it as vindictive, frivolous, obnoxious, vexatious and an abuse of the governorship executive power.

It would be recalled that Adeleke, through his Executive Order issued on November 25th, 2022 directed the Owa of Igbajoland, Oba Famodun and two other traditional rulers to step aside from their palaces for no just cause other than the fact that they were given the staff of office by the immediate-past Governor Gboyega Oyetola now Minister of Marine and Blue Economy.

On Thursday, Adeleke who has held the process of the release of the White Paper in the respect of the obaship conundrum in suspense for the past fourteen months or thereabout came up with the result of the review that his administration has nullified the process of the selection of the monarchs when most of the cases are still pending before the courts.

The Osun State chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party's Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, on Friday expressly told Governor Adeleke that his politically vindictive outcome of the review of the coronation of the Owa of Igbajoland is  unpopular, oppressive, exhibition of personal vendetta and an abusive reprisal which cannot stand the test of  legal firework.

Lawal stated that he wasn't surprised at the development as it further exposed Adeleke as an administrative lackey and politically inexperienced chief executive of a state who is a satellite operator due to pathological challenges.

The state APC chairman asked Adeleke if he wasn't aware that  the aggrieved  Igbajo princes who contested and lost in the contest have filed a suit in the Osun State High Court and are still in  court and that the governor himself is a defendant in the suit to which he has filed processes to challenge the competence of the suit?

"It is strange that Governor Adeleke, not withstanding the pendency of the suit, keeps hounding, humiliating, oppressing, and denying Oba Famodun his rights.

"The purported nullification of the process that produced the Owa of Igbajoland by the governor is an aberration, legal absurdity with a metaphorical foot of clay which imminent fall would be like that of a pack of cards.

"The needless intervention of Adeleke with his resultant nullification of the selection process that produced Oba Gboyega Famodun as the Owa of Igbajoland is a pungent acting of a meddlesome interloper in a subsisting matter in the court of law by the incompetent and Governor-by-proxy Ademola Adeleke.

"The approach of Governor Adeleke on the issue at stake flagrantly offends the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which expressly allows for separation of powers among the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.

"Those who are thinking for Governor Adeleke should cover their faces  in shame for advising him to be a judge in a case where he is a defendant.

"Just as it is axiomatic that someone cannot give what he does not possess is the same way that it is an impossible Utopia for Adeleke to get right any of his policies since the inauguration of his infamous administration about 14 months ago.

"If this is what would be the outcome of his obnoxious Executive Order on the obaship stuff, why did it take Adeleke so long a time to come up with such  trash which is a confirmation of his incompetence in the public office  as the governor of a complex state like Osun?

"The fact remains that the nullification of the obaship selection process which followed a due process can neither sit nor stand because it is a product of political vindictiveness", Lawal stated.


Sooko TAJUDEEN LAWAL,                      Chairman, Osun State APC.

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