The All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State has condemned the nullification of the selection process that produced Oba Adegboyega Famodun as the Owa of Igbajo by Governor Ademola Adeleke.
In a statement by the Osun APC, Tajudeen Lawal, the party also described the government’s action as an abuse of the governor’s executive power.
Governor Adeleke, through an Executive Order issued on November 27, 2022, directed the Owa of Igbajoland, Oba Famodun and two other traditional rulers appointed by former governor Adegboyega Oyetola to step aside from their palaces.
recalls that the Osun State Government in a White Paper report on Thursday, cancelled the selection processes that produced three Osun monarchs, the Aree of Iree, Akirun of Ikinrun and Owa of Igbajo.
The state government also directed that the selection processes be restarted.
“It is strange that Governor Adeleke, notwithstanding the pendency of the suit, keeps hounding, humiliating, oppressing, and denying Oba Famodun his rights, said the APC in the statement
“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 whose 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.
“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.
Famodun before his selection as Owa of Igbajo was a former Chairman of the APC in the state.