Two workers of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation OSBC have been suspended indefinitely for allegedly calling Governor Rauf Aregbesola names on a WhatsApp chat group, You and I.
The duo were alleged to have taken to the social media to celebrate the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the Osun West Senatorial District by-election, Chief Ademola Adeleke, and hurled abuses at the governor at the same time.
The management of the corporation suspended Kunle Makanjuola and Gbadebo Adepoju indefinitely after officials of the corporation were shown the chats where the workers allegedly insulted the governor.
Makanjuola is a level 12 officer at the OSBC Ventures, while Adepoju is a deputy director at the corporation’s Marketing Department.
Adepoju allegedly wrote, “Drama in Osun State as state government, under the leadership of Rauf Aregbesola, begins the payment of June salaries at exactly 1 AM on Osun West Senatorial bye-election day. Local government and state civil servants from Osun West Senatorial District, please don’t be deceived by the alerts, the alert is your entitlement and not a gift. You worked for it, even though you deserve more. Don’t because you get your half salaries, unexpectedly behind the usual schedule, give your votes to the APC. They are full of deceit. Vote for liberation, vote Ademola Adeleke, vote PDP.”
Another worker of the OSBC, Folakemi Alonge, who is a journalist, received an official query for allegedly insulting a member of the House of Assembly at one of the polling units during the election.
According to a source at the polling station, the lawmaker accosted Alonge and asked her who she voted for but the journalist, who was angered by the question, asked the lawmaker to leave her alone or else she would embarrass him openly.
The source said, “The lawmaker reported her to the management and the management queried her but the issue has been resolved.
When contacted, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, said the suspension was an internal matter of the OSBC and not that of the state government.
Culled from The Punch July 12, 2017