The sixth executive governor of the State, Adeleke, will be sworn in today, Sunday, November 27, 2022, to begin a four-year term.
On July 16, 2022, Adeleke defeated Adegboyega Oyetola, the leading candidate and outgoing governor of the State, to win the Osun governor’s race.
After losing in the same party in the 2018 gubernatorial election, Adeleke ran as a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and won the election.
Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential contender for the general election of 2023, is in the State for the swearing-in event.
A breakdown in law and order before, during, or after the inauguration ceremony has been prevented, according to the Nigerian Police, Osun State Command, and other sister security agencies in the State.
Faleye, CP While giving the assurance, Sunday Olaleye also issued a warning to those with criminal intent to stay away from the State because the Osun Police Command was well-positioned to make it uninhabitable for them.
Additionally, parents and guardians were admonished to prevent their kids and wards from becoming political pawns.
To demonstrate their resolve, the security agencies demonstrated their force on Saturday, November 26, 2022, in and around Osogbo, the state capital.
Adegboyega Oyetola, the state’s outgoing governor, said in a farewell speech to the people of the state that his administration is leaving behind $14 billion in cash, just as it had paid off $97 billion of the debts it had inherited from the Rauf Aregbesola administration in 2018.
Although he insisted that he was stepping down, he added that he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have already filed a petition with the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to contest the results of the previous gubernatorial election, which were declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and favored Senator Ademola Adeleke.
“I thank God and I thank you for your support, cooperation, and prayers over the years as I step down today at the end of the four-year term you freely granted me.
“As we conclude this first tenure, we are confident that we didn’t break our promise to you or let you down. We stayed true to our election promises and to our word to you. Although it was our desire to continue serving you, we are unable to do so due to the results of the July 16 governorship election, which we are currently contesting in court.
“As a law-abiding government and citizen, we are stepping aside to let the legal process play out.
“However, we hope to continue helping you in the near future. We have complete faith in God that we will return soon, just as we have implicit faith in the judiciary to uphold the rule of law in the case at hand.
“We are optimistic that this brief political eclipse will end. The sun shall shine again, brighter and warmer and the sustainable development and participatory governance that we enthroned, which have been applauded by local and international organizations, shall be restored and put on a surer and better footing.
“As we end our first term, we are rest assured that Osun is more stable economically than we met it in 2018 and it remained the most peaceful State in the country under our leadership.”