The governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, recently made a startling revelation about his predecessor, Gboyega Oyetola. According to Adeleke, Oyetola left behind a system in disarray when he handed over the reins of power. Adeleke claims that upon assuming office, he was confronted with an unprecedented level of decay in various sectors, including health, infrastructure, education, and sports.
Adeleke paints a grim picture of the state he inherited. He asserts that nothing was functioning properly when he took office. Schools were dilapidated, health centers were in shambles, and infrastructure was crumbling. Even the government quarters had been looted and vandalized. Adeleke describes the Government House as a “black house” and the office of the governor as a mere shell, despite reported renovations prior to his tenure.
One of the major challenges Adeleke faced was a massive debt burden. He alleges that his predecessor left behind a “huge and paralyzing debt” that had crippled the state’s finances. As a result, workers were not receiving their salaries and pensions, causing immense hardship for the people of Osun State.
Adeleke further claims that the public service was in disarray, with confusion reigning supreme. He had to start from scratch, rebuilding and reconstructing various aspects of Osun society. Adeleke emphasizes that the past year has been dedicated to the arduous task of reconstruction.
It is important to note that Adeleke’s revelations come amidst a bitter feud between him and Oyetola. The two have been engaged in a war of words, with allegations of financial discrepancies and mismanagement of public funds and properties being hurled back and forth.
Efforts to obtain a response from Oyetola’s aide were unsuccessful at the time of writing.