The former chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, Wale Adedayo, has shown unwavering resolve in the face of adversity, sending a clear message to his accusers that he will not yield to their efforts.
Adedayo’s determination comes after his release from 48 hours of detention at the Ibara Correctional Centre in Abeokuta, saying, no retreat, no surrender.
PLATFORM TIMES was first to report that Adedayo remained behind bars despite meeting bail conditions, as the magistrate allegedly delayed signing the necessary documents.
Additionally, a public holiday declared by the Federal Government extended his detention to 48 hours.
Upon regaining his freedom, Adedayo expressed his faith, saying, “Olodumare is faithful. He has never failed, and He will never fail. Despite the schemings, despite the deliberate efforts, Omo Olofin Ogbolu is out. We’ll not relent. We’ll not step back. ‘Awa ti se ileri f’Olorun awa wipe a o se otito o, bi o ti le koro!'” (We have promised God that we will be truthful, even if it is bitter).
Adedayo had been arraigned before Magistrate Adejoke Araba of Magistrate Court 2, Isabo, following a petition filed by the Ogun State Government, alleging that he circulated false reports against the government and Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Adedayo faced a two-count charge related to these allegations but pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The charge reads, ” That you Hon Wale Adedayo on the 27th August,2023, at Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District did unlawfully publish circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Stateman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba ‘m’ in which you accused the present Governor of Ogun State; Prince Dapo Abiodun ‘m’ hijacking local government funds which knew was false allegation and likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace, knowing or having reason to believe that such statement is a rumour and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 59 (1) of Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, 2006.
“That you Hon. Wale Adedayo ‘m’ on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District did unlawfully publish circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Stateman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba ‘m’ in which you accused the present Governor of Ogun State; Prince Dapo Abiodun ‘m’ hijacking Local Government funds (ten percent 10%) of the State Internally Generated Revenue which the Constitution stipulate should go to the local governments since May 2019 which you knew was a false allegation and likely to injure the reputation of the Governor by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule or to damage him in discharge of his office and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 375 of Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State 2006.”
He (Adedayo) pleaded not guilty of the two charges.
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