The decision of the newly sworn-in governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke to rename the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” has met a brick-wall, as the state’s House of Assembly declared that the governor lacks the power to undo what was backed by the enactment of the Law.
Lawmakers in the House noted that the anthem of the state, crest and flag was an enactment of a law assented to on December 18, 2012, hence no person can exact force to change it.
Recall that Fedredsnews had earlier reported that Governor Adeleke during the inauguration on Sunday reversed the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State”.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor also reversed its appellation from ‘The State of the Virtues’ to ‘The State of the Living Spring’.
Adeleke who had earlier warned the former Governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola not to issue appointments in the state, also reversed all appointments effective from July 7, 2022.
The House through the Chairman of House Committee on Media and Publicity, Moshood Kunle Akande, in a statement wrote, “The State of Osun House of Assembly having reviewed the inaugural speech of the Governor and the activities of the inauguration hereby resolves as follows;
“The usage of the State Anthem, Crest and Flag is an enactment of the law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.
“The enactment “State of Osun Anthem, Crest and Flag Law, 2012” assented to on December 18, 2012, contained in Schedule 1, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, and Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.
“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect.”
The legislators added that the state will continue to be described as the “State of Osun” and “Ipinle Omulabi” (State of the Virtuous).