..Osun govt, Assembly declare 3-day mourning
IRKED by the presence of Hon. Idiat Babalola, a commissioner-nominee of Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the burial of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, supporters of the late Senator brought down a canopy on governors of Ogun and Ondo states, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
Babalola, seated among the dignitaries, including the younger brother of the deceased, Deji, was chased out by irate youths, who alleged that the former governor was poisoned by some leaders of a political party.
Amosun rescues Aregbesola’s Ex-aide Babalola from angry mob at Adeleke’s burial
The angry youths said Babalola was being touted to become the running mate of the anointed candidate of the party.
Trouble started when Babalola was sighted by the mourners, who demanded that she should be sent out.
An appeal from family members of the deceased, however, fell on deaf ears as the youths insisted, shouting and raining curses on her.
The youths started shaking the canopy where Governors Amosun, Akeredolu, Prince Oyinlola and Deji Adeleke were seated to chase out Babalola who they described as a betrayer.
Babalola was escorted outside the house by Amosun and his security aides as the youths threw sticks and mango fruits at her.
This came before the remains of Adeleke was committed to mother earth, yesterday, amid tears from sympathizers and palpable tension among his kinsmen and supporters.
The corpse of the late politician which was taken out from the autopsy department of the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, LAUTECH, Osogbo at exactly 10.15 am, arrived his residence at 10.25 am for interment
From left Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Mr Deji Adeleke junior brother of the deceased,and former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun state.
Though, the result of the autopsy carried out by the LAUTECH medical experts to ascertain the cause of the lawmaker’s death remains cloudy as it was yet to be released to the public.
It was however learned that the result would only be made known to the family members whenever it is ready.
The late politician, after Islamic prayers by an array of clerics was buried before noon.
In his brief sermon, the Chief Imam Of Ansaru- deen Mosque, Ede, Sheik Adekilekun, admonished those still living to be upright in their deeds and always have it at the back of their minds that, death could come any time.
He described late Adeleke as a lover of all while alive and urged politicians to emulate his political philosophies.
Dignitaries present at the burial include Governors of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose; Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu and his predecessor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
However, no member of the Osun State executive council was present for the burial.
Osun govt, Assembly declare 3-day mourning
Meanwhile, the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Aregbesola has declared three days to mourn the late lawmaker.
The governor in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said: “This is to announce that the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has directed the declaration of a three-day period of mourning throughout the state. The 3-day mourning period commences from Monday, April 24, 2017. During the period, all flags are to fly at half mast.”
Also, Osun State House of Assembly has declared Monday to Wednesday as mourning period in honour of Adeleke.
Some of the sympathizers crying at the burial
A statement by the Chairman House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said, the flag would be flown half-staff in the Assembly during the period while all legislative activities would be suspended.
Saraki visits Adeleke’s family
Meantime, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday paid a condolence visit on behalf of the Senate to the family of Senator Adeleke.
Saraki, who was received by Mr. Deji Adeleke, the younger brother of the late Senator appealed to the youths of the town to remain calm and allow peace to reign.
More tributes continue to pour in to mourn the demise of the former governor of Osun State.
A big loss for South West — Ambode
In his tribute, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode described Adeleke’s death as a huge loss to the South-west region and the Yoruba nation.
Governor Ambode, in a condolence message through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna expressed shock over the death of Adeleke, saying “He was very passionate about Nigeria’s progress and contributed immensely to the expansion of progressive politics especially in the South West. Senator Adeleke was a loving man, a peacemaker, a grassroots politician and a detribalized Nigerian who was well loved by his people.”
His death shocking, painful – Fayose
Also, governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State described Adeleke’s death as shocking and painful.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose said: “Despite being governor at a youthful age of 36, he contributed immensely to the development of the State and maintained his political relevance since the early nineties until his death. Senator Adeleke will be sorely missed by the entire people of Osun State in particular and Nigeria in general.”
Bode George too
Commiserating with the Adeleke family, a former Deputy National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George said his death was a great loss to the country.
Geroge said: “Senator Adeleke was a humble, humane and decent man. He was warm, affable, stripped of envy, without malice or hate. His political viewpoint was basically civil, courteous, virtually unknown to crude demagoguery.”
Davido mourns late uncle
Talented Nigeria musician, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, took to his various social media accounts yesterday to express his loss, describing his late uncle as his hero.
Davido wrote on his twitter and Instagram handle wrote @iam davido, “Heartbroken… Rest In Peace, My dear uncle.. SHERUBAWON.”