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Osun Governor Adeleke Refutes Allegations of Daughter and Uncle on Commissioners’ Nominees List.

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Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has vehemently refuted the allegations suggesting that he nominated his biological daughter and uncle as members of the state’s cabinet.

On Friday, July 7, 2023, the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Adewale Egbedun, publicly announced the list of cabinet nominees for Osun State.

Among the nominees is Mrs. Adenike Folasade Adeleke, who is the wife of the late elder brother of Governor Adeleke, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.

Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke served as the first executive governor of Osun State and a three-term senator representing Osun West Senatorial District until his passing in April 2017.

Another nominee, Prof. Maroof Adeleke, who is not related to the governor in any way, was also included in the list.

Governor Adeleke, through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, released a statement firmly refuting the claims, asserting that there is no truth to the report as neither of the two nominees is his daughter or uncle.

“Prof Adeleke was born at Ilesa and hails from Osogbo, the state capital. Mrs Adeleke is the daughter of Chief Omidiran of Osogbo Land and wife of the late Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

“We had expected those pushing the fake news to engage in basic investigative journalism if they have any altruistic motive. If however the goal is to malign the state Governor, the truth cannot be hidden as the nominees are bona-fide indigenes of Osogbo land.

“We therefore urge members of the public to ignore those merchants of fake news. No biological member of the Governor’s family is included in the cabinet list. Governor Adeleke is committed to fair distribution of appointments based on competency, spread and sectoral representation.”

Following the public announcement of the list by the Osun Assembly on Friday, certain media outlets swiftly reported that Adenike Folasade Adeleke is governor Adeleke’s daughter.

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