The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has accused former Senator Ajibola Basiru of planning to orchestrate mayhem in the state.
Senator Basiru represented Osun Central Senatorial District at the 9th Senate and was also the Senate spokesperson.
In a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed for the Osun government, Governor Adeleke declared Basiru a direct threat to the peace of the state.
The statement also accused the former Senator of importing unauthorised policemen into the state to create confusion and mayhem to disturb the state’s peace.
Rasheed in the statement said the ex-lawmaker had submitted names of top leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and that of the state government to the police so as to cause instability and tension in Osun.
“We urgently bring to the attention of the Inspector General of Police, the State Commissioner of Police and the general public that former Senator Ajibola Bashiru has imported some unauthorized policemen into Osun State to create confusion, mayhem and destabilise the peace and stability of the state.
“The former Senator is reported to have submitted a list of top leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party and Osun State government for arrest on trumped up charges. We reliably gathered that the Osogbo-born politician is personally coordinating the team in gross violation of extant laws and practice of law enforcement.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to order the immediate withdrawal of such policemen as their invitation under the control of a politician constitutes a grave threat to the peace and stability of Osun state. We urge the Commissioner of Police to urgently look into the matter before a breach of peace across the state.
“We use this medium to inform Osun people that the said Senator is today a direct threat to the peace of the state. At a time when the state is witnessing a return to good governance, it is reprehensible for any stakeholder to decide to create mayhem and instability.
“Governor Ademola Adeleke hereby restates his resolve to tackle this matter headlong and ensure that no individual no matter how highly placed is allowed to plunge the state into conflict.”
Reacting swiftly, Senator Basiru in a personally signed statement expressed disbelief that the statement emanated from the state government.
Noting that illiteracy is a disease, Basiru maintained that the accusations by the state government were ridiculous.
Basiru also revealed that he has instructed his lawyers to consider possible legal action against the Governor’s spokesperson for defamation of character.
“That I sympathize with Osun people for allowing comedians to get close to the government house in Osogbo. They are obviously jittery already that our party, the APC, will kick out their incompetent government in 2026.
“Obviously, illiteracy is a disease! The accusations by the governor are ridiculous, baseless and could only come from such unserious quarters.
“If indeed, Jackson Adeleke is concerned with the peace of the state, he should immediately hand over the Police declared criminals that he is harbouring at the Country home in Ede.
“If the intention of Adeleke and his minions is to harass or intimidate me, they are embarking on a failed venture.”