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 We trust this message finds you well. Open Alliance, a coalition of civil society organizations working to improve openness and accountability in government, is writing to convey our concerns regarding the arrest and recent removal of Mr. Wale Adedayo, the former Chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government Area, Ogun State, from office. He was arrested on Monday, 25 September 2023, based on a petition written against him by the Ogun state government after being impeached on September 16, and we feel compelled to voice our concerns.

The tenure of former Governor Gbenga Daniel was marked by controversy, polarizing policies, and a deeply divided Ogun State. However, even after leaving office, Daniel continues to be the centre of attention, with a political vendetta seemingly targeting him. One can not deny the significant partisan divide that exists in Ogun politics today, and the Daniel Senatorial candidacy intensified this divide. Supporters viewed Daniel as a champion of their values, while critics saw him as a threat to democracy.

The presentation of the “breakdown of the fund released to Local Governments in Ogun for the Execution of Developmental Projects Between Year 2020 to date” by the Chief Economic Adviser, Dapo Okubadejo, along with the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, further blew the wind that clearly uncovered their concealed rump. When I first read the curriculum vitae of Okubadejo, I had tremendous professional respect for him, but this show of charade engaged in to protect the government mirrors unprofessionalism and perfidiousness to the public. As an Accountant and Auditor of over 35 years in practice, I feel ashamed of the professional conducts of both Okubadejo, the Accountant General, who was at the press conference, and the previous administration headed by a Chartered Accountant for failure to establish laws, set standards that would have prevented this sham and set a tone at the top that it is haram to tamper with local government source of revenues and their federal allocations.