Osun State governor-elect Ademola Adeleke has threatened to sack any director in the civil service who accepts appointment as Permanent Secretary by outgoing Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
The warning came as Mr Oyetola on Thursday approved the appointment of 30 permanent secretaries to fill existing vacancies in the state’s civil service.
State’s Head of Service, Dr Festus Oyebade, announced the appointment.
But in a spontaneous reaction, Mr Adeleke said any Coordinating Director, who accepted the appointment would exit the service from November 28, a day after he would have been sworn in as governor.
Mr Adeleke’s spokesman Olawale Rasheed said taking such an appointment at “this last minute’’ indicated the readiness of those directors to exit the state service.
“We want to put it on record that those who accept the appointments should be ready to leave the service whether or not their service tenure has reached statutory age.
“The occupants will be treated as political appointees who will automatically follow the outgoing governor out of public service from Nov. 28.
“At the same time, those who still want to remain in the service of Osun State government should decline the “Greek gift’’ from the outgoing governor.
“We affirm that no waiver will be entertained in sacking from office any kangaroo permanent secretary,” Mr Adeleke said.
Mr Adeleke, who was declared winner of the July 16 governorship election in the state by INEC, will be sworn in on Sunday.
He polled 403, 271 votes at the election against Mr Oyetola’s 375,027. Mr Oyetola is still at the state election petition tribunal challenging the result.