By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The immediate past Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola has alleged that aides of Governor Ademola Adeleke looted the Government House, Osogbo.
Oyetola, in a statement by his media aide, Ismail Omipidan, said that the new government took over possession of the Government House a day to the inauguration of Governor Adeleke.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Osogbo, Omipidan described the looting allegation as not only ridiculous but sarcastic as it was intended to soil the reputable image of his principal.
According to him, all the items alleged to have been carted away were intact as at the time of handing over, saying “if there was any looting as being claimed by the agents of the new government, then we should look in their direction.”
He expressed disappointment at the false alarm raised by Adeleke’s men who, he said, should have been ordinarily guided by the record of the inventory taken before the formal handover of the items in the Governor’s Lodge and Presidential Quarters in Government House respectively.
Omipidan said that it is ungodly for Adeleke’s stooges to have raised false alarm over an illicit action taken by them,
He slammed Adeleke and his men for their failure to protect all the items bequeathed to them by the administration of Oyetola, just as he queried why it took them 72 hours after they had formally taken over the property before raising obnoxious allegation of looting.
Omipidan described his principal as a man of impeccable character.
“How on earth any right-thinking person will accuse him of stealing things as cheap as spoons, methylated spirit, cooker and emptying the First Aid Box?” he asked.
He said his principal stopped sleeping in the Government House on Saturday, November 19, 2022 and by November 26, 2022, an inventory was conducted in company of DSS officials who were attached to the Government House at the time and security operatives attached to the new governor, particularly A. Umale and Pius Akpan.
According to Omipidan, in the DSS report dated November 26, 2022, and titled: “INVENTORY OF ITEMS IN OSUN STATE GOVERNOR’S AND PRESIDENTIAL LODGES,” it was reported: “On 26th November, 2022, about 1400houre, a team of the Protocol Department, Osun State Governor’s Office, Abere, led by Mr. FALODE, in company of two (2) officers of the Department of State Services (DSS), namely Usman Adediran and Sunday Posu, painstakingly took the inventory of items in the above mentioned places.
“The items were thereafter handed over to A. Umale and Pius Akpan, DSS personnel and security details of the new Governor, Ademola Adeleke without any complaint.”
According to Omipidan, it is worrisome that with the steps taken, the new government could raise false alarm to tarnish the image of his principal.
“It is further noteworthy that nothing suggests that any of the items in the buildings was carted away, as all were intact as at the time of handing over. Attached herewith is a list of items in both buildings. And they went further to list the items one by one, covering 8 pages. In the inventory, among the items listed are: 6 Face Big Gas cooker with oven and 4 Face Kenstar cooker with oven among others.
“It is, therefore, ridiculous to accuse my Principal of taking away spoons, cooker and methylated spirit. From the foregoing, if there was any looting as being claimed by the agents of the new government, then we should look in their direction.
“They cannot take over, and then come to raise alarm 72 hours later that there was looting in the same place where they held their inauguration party on Sunday, November 27.
“If they think this is how to pay a man who gave his all for four years so that Osun could be back to reckoning, God our Creator, who is not a God of hypocrisy, will pay them in their own coin appropriately,” Omipidan added.