The concerned indigenes of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State have faulted Governor Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke’s appointments of commissioners and special advisers.
The fulmination of the indigenes was contained in a statement signed by Prince Olawale Opeyemi, spokesperson for Ifelodun indigenes, on Saturday July 8, 2023.
The indigenes lamented the gross omission of their natives, stating that they are not represented in the administration of Gov Adeleke.
The royal son expressed the dejection of the Ikirun people with their complete expulsion from the nomination list of the Osun State executive council despite the full support for Governor Adeleke’s party with massive votes in both the penultimate and last elections.
He added that rather than the governor compensating their efforts with an appointment, he sacrificed them on the altar of his affectionate supporter.
“We were taken aback by the recent announcement made by the governor regarding his nominees for the positions of commissioners and special advisers.
“We learnt authoritatively that Ifelodun’s slot was used to compensate the late Simeon Ajeigbe (Baba Gomina), whose son is on the list of commissioners because of his (Late Ajeigbe’s) support for Adeleke,” the prince said.
He stressed that the late Ajeigbe deserved to be compensated, but the compensation ought not to have come at the expense of other well-deserved local governments.
He continued by stating the groundbreaking history set by Ifelodun, “For the very first time in a very long time, Ifelodun Local Government went all out for the emergence of the PDP government and Governor Adeleke won in our Local Government Area convincingly both in 2018 and 2022.
“Verifiable data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that in Osun Central, after Osogbo and Olorunda Local Government Areas, Ifelodun Local Government delivered the highest votes to the PDP in the governorship elections in 2018 and 2022. The victory came with a huge sacrifice paid by PDP members in Ifelodun Local Government.”
Prince Opeyemi stated that the “list, which gave some local governments two slots while some local governments, like ours, missed out shockingly, is worrisome and capable of discouraging and dampening the spirit of the good people of Ifelodun local government. We never thought that at the blink of an eye, our son’s name would be missing from the state cabinet nominee’s list. Ifelodun people, especially Ikirun, are not known for desperate lobbying, but we will always speak out when things don’t go as they ought to.”
Prince Opeyemi restated the hope of the Ifelodun indigenes in getting back to their pride through an anticipated kind gesture from the governor for all in order to redress the wrong done to the local government and its people.