Kehinde Raji, a resident of Osogbo, and the Secretary to the Osun State Government, Teslim Igbalaye, hold contrasting views regarding the claim that Governor Ademola Adeleke’s administration has marginalized the office of the SSG.
Raji, a businessperson and supporter of Adeleke, took to his Facebook page on Saturday to express his dissatisfaction, demanding fair treatment for the office of the SSG and recognition for those who contributed to Adeleke’s victory in the governorship election, particularly from the Osogbo community.
He alleged that the position of the SSG, currently occupied by Igbalaye, an Osogbo indigene, has been diminished in the overall scheme of things by the administration. Raji also mentioned that he attempted to engage with stakeholders in the administration to address the issues surrounding the SSG’s office but has yet to receive a satisfactory response.
In his statement, Raji urged Adeleke to reward those who participated in his emergence in the governorship poll and expressed hope that the governor would rectify the observed discrepancies in the appointments to the state cabinet.
Igbalaye, in response to Raji’s claim, issued a statement refuting the allegations and asserting that his office has not been marginalized. He further highlighted that Adeleke had treated Osogbo as his second home since assuming office as the governor.
Igbalaye dismissed Raji’s accusations as an unsuccessful attempt to create a division between the people of Osogbo and the state government. He emphasized that Osogbo has benefited significantly from the current administration’s efforts in a short period, cautioning against spreading false information for political gains.
The statement clarified, “I want to strongly reject the allegation as lacking any basis in truth or reality. Governor Ademola Adeleke has, since assuming office, treated Osogbo as his second home by attending to the infrastructural upgrade of the capital city from roads to water and light, among others. Osogbo is receiving full gubernatorial attention for which our people are openly appreciative.”
Igbalaye further dispelled the notion of a cabal within the state government and expressed surprise at the false narrative presented by Raji. He affirmed that he remains a busy Secretary to the State Government, handling various essential tasks and that his office operates in accordance with best practices.