Senator Isiaka Adeleke was poisoned – supporters allege
*He fought for protection of whistle blowers – Buhari
By Samuel Oyebade (Oshogbo), Sandra Onyekwere (Abuja), Debo Adeoye (Ibadan)
Supporters of Senator Isiaka Adeleke and hundreds of residents of Ede were in tears and wailed as the corpse of the politician is brought back to his residence.
The corpse was dressed as a living being and brought in seated in a Sienna car. As soon as the Sienna that conveyed his body enetered, sympathisers waiting at the entrance of the mansion surged in and rushed inside to catch a glimpse of their political leader and benefactor.
Mourners including the youths and aged ones were seen wailing and rolling on the ground as they rained curses on those who they claimed poisoned him.
Some of those who entered into the living room said the corpse was being bathed in preparation for the burial. Some imams were sighted at the premises which indicated that he might be buried very soon.
The supporters who went wild at Adeleke’s house Sunday afternoon in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, vented their anger on newsmen who came to cover the developing story.
One of the reporters, Tope Alabi of the Nigeria Television Authority, was beaten to stupor, with the station’s camera damaged and seized.
The newsmen were made to take refuge in a hotel close to the house for the tension to ease.
Meanwhile, some of the supporters have accused the State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, of being behind the sudden death of Adeleke.
Until he died, there was no known or reported misunderstanding between Adeleke and Aregbesola.
Though, there have been reports that Aregbesola may head to the Senate after completing his tenure as governor next year, he is not from the same senatorial district with Adeleke.
Aregbesola is from Osun East Senatorial District, while Adeleke is from Osun West Senatorial District.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari has eulogised the former governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died Sunday.
He said the late Senator was interested in the protection of whistle blowers.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commiserated with Osun State Government and members of the National Assembly on Adeleke’s death.
He described the deceased as gentle and kind hearted, adding that he epitomised unbridled patriotism.
The President said the deceased’s contribution to his state and the country would be remembered by posterity.
The statement read, “President Buhari sends his condolences to the family and friends of the gentle and kind hearted former Governor of Osun State who had passionately and relentlessly championed the cause of the less privileged and most vulnerable in Nigeria.
“The President believes the sudden loss of the legislator will create a gap in the hallowed red chamber as Adeleke had always epitomised unbridled patriotism, maturity and experience, especially with his recent interest in the protection of whistle blowers.
“President Buhari affirms that Adeleke’s contribution to his state, as first elected governor and the country will always be remembered by posterity.
“He prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, and comfort the family.”
Similarly, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime and senator representing Oyo North District, AbdulFatai Buhari has described Senator Isiaka Adeleke as someone who will be greatly missed.
Buhari in his condolence message said the news of Adeleke’s death was “not only shocking but also confusing and disturbing”.
Buhari in the statement made available to journalists Sunday afternoon in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital described Adeleke as a “responsible and principled politician who is passionate about his constituents and the state at large.
“His immense contribution to the growth of the state of Osun and Federal Republic of Nigeria will forever be remembered.
“As mortals we have no option than to submit to the will of Almighty Allah who gives and take at will but we shall continue to pray for the repose of his soul and grant him Aljanah Firdaus.
“I sympathise with the Executive Governor of the state of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his immediate and extended family, political associates and the entire people of the state and pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.