Breaking: Osun Assembly Rejects Governor Adeleke’s Crucial Decision

Breaking: Osun Assembly Rejects Governor Adeleke’s Crucial Decision

  • The new governor of Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and the state House of Assembly are starting off on a warpath
  • Governor Adeleke, following his inauguration, reversed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State”
  • However, the lawmakers on Monday, November 28, issued a statement, insisting that the governor cannot change the name

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Osogbo, Osun state - The Osun State House of Assembly has reportedly rejected the decision of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the new governor, to rename the state from “State of Osun” to Osun state.

The lawmakers on Monday, November 28, argued that the state's anthem, crest and flag was an enactment of a law assented to on December 18, 2012, and no person can exact force to change it.

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The Osun state House of Assembly has rejected Governor Adeleke's decision to reverse the renaming of the state. Photo credit: @AAdeleke_01
Source: Twitter

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During his inauguration on Sunday, November 27, Governor Adeleke reversed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State”.

He also reversed its appellation from ‘The State of the Virtues’ to ‘The State of the Living Spring”, amid other decisions.

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Reacting to the governor’s decision, the House of Assembly, through the House Committee on Media and Publicity Chairman Moshood Kunle Akande, said the state's name is a matter of law and not choice.

The lawmakers' statement partly read:

“The State of Osun House of Assembly having reviewed the inaugural speech of the Governor and the activities of the inauguration hereby resolves as follows;
“The usage of the State Anthem, Crest and Flag is an enactment of the law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.

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“The enactment “State of Osun Anthem, Crest and Flag Law, 2012” assented to on December 18, 2012, contained in Schedule 1, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, and Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.
“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect.”

The lawmakers further said that the state would continue to be described as the “State of Osun” and “Ipinle Omulabi” (State of the Virtuous).

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Adeniji Oyebade H commented on Facebook:

"Just because the citizens don't have power, we could have changed it since, what is the meaning of State of Osun, for everywhere in the world city must be the first letter why state must come as last letter. So we accept Osun state as correct pronunciation."

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Falade Omoniyi said:

"You are not truthful, Osun State is recognized in the constitution and not State of Osun. It was known as Osun State before Aregbe came."

Tunde Ogundepo said:

"The Legislatures are not against the Governor, it has to do with the constitution, let Governor Adeleke presents his stand to the state House of Assembly as a bill, then the same process of law that was used to enact it will now be used to repeal it through proper legislative lobbying. That is what they are saying not that they are ignorantly against the Governor. Governor should not act ignorantly."

Azeez Habeeb said:

"In as much as he wishes to right some wrongs of the past administration, he should have done it via the legislative process the way it came to being.
"Taking quick fire decisions like this without consulting the legislative arm of the state can make governing the state an Herculean task as he may be eventually impeached if he doesn't apply wisdoms to some of his actions."

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Earlier, reported that Governor Adeleke sacked 12,000 workers barely 24 hours after his inauguration.

This was disclosed in a statement by the chief press secretary to Adeleke, Olawale Rasheed on Monday, November 28.

Rasheed said that the governor nullified all employments in the service of the Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards, and Parastatals after July 17.


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