Timothy Adegoke: Governor Adeleke denies rumoured plans to pardon Dr Adedoyin

From John Dike, Osogbo

Osun state Government has denied rumors making round on the social media that it is plotting to subvert the judgment of death sentence on the founder of Oduduwa University, Dr Rahman Adedoyin, affirming that there is no plan to pardon him.

Reacting to the growing rumour of possible state pardon for the businessman, Governor Adeleke was quoted by his spokesperson, Mr Olawale Rasheed as stating that his administration has never and will never intervene in the judicial process, labeling those behind the fake news as enemies of the state.

According to him: “Those who concorted the fake news are evil minded political operatives who are merely grasping at straws in their desperation to blackmail the state Governor. Governor Adeleke has not and will never contemplate exercising the prerogative of mercy or whatever the report calls it, on a matter under adjudication which has generated deep interest among local and global communities.

“It is important to clarify that neither the State Governor nor his political party has any hidden plot on the said murder case other than a public interest agenda to see culprits in the dastardly act face the full wrath of the law. That explains why no PDP member is involved as counsel for any of the convicted individuals and why the state judiciary enjoys and exercises its full independence in the hearing and jugdement of the case.

“It is uncharitable for political enemies and their paid agents to attempt any linkage between the convicted businessman and the state Governor. We affirm with all sense of responsibility that Governor Adeleke is not at any material time a friend or partner of the owner of Oduduwa University and did not interfere, intervene or manifest any untoward agenda in the arraignment, hearing and sentencing of the accused.

“We therefore urge members of the public to ignore the repeated rumors of state pardon by Governor Adeleke for the convict and the watery push to link service records of a state judicial official to a popular verdict on the gruesome murder of a postgraduate student. Those peddling such lies are agents of darkness acting on behalf of disgruntled, dark political elements. They are better ignored.

“We convey appreciation to men and women of goodwill who have put up spirited defense for the Governor in the face of this orchestrated falsehood. The undiluted truth is that neither the State government nor the state Governor is interested in the subversion of the wheel of justice.”

It will be recalled that Dr Rahman Adedoyin was sentenced to death by hanging by an Osogbo State High Court, after finding him guilty of the murder of late Timothy Adegoke, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.

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