President Buhari Mourns Death of Senator Adeleke as Supporters Allege Poison

As President Muhammadu Buhari Mourns the death of Senator and former Governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke, who died Sunday morning, youths of Ede, where the late politicians hailed from, are alleging that his sudden passage is not ordinary.
They posited that he may have been poisoned by his political opponents.
Meanwhile, President Buhari eulogised the former Governor as one who was interested in the protection of whistle blowers.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, 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 epitomized 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.”
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 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 symathize 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”.
Adeleke died in the early hours of Sunday, after holding series of political meetings in Ede, his home town, on Saturday.
His supporters are blaming his political opponents for the death, alleging that he was poisoned.
A source at the home of the deceased said that sympathisers were still waiting for the return of the body of the Senator, even though there are signs that the process of an autopsy would be concluded before the end of the day.
“There is no sign that he will be buried again today (Sunday), according to the Islamic rites,” the source said referring to the Islamic act of prompt burial of a deceased.
“We are here, we are still waiting, but there are reasons to believe that the burial will be postponed.”
After his death was confirmed earlier in the day, his body was transported in a Toyota Sienna from the hospital to his home in Ede.
But shortly after his body arrived his abode, he was suddenly removed and returned to the hospital after suspicion arose as to the cause of his death.
Adeleke, 62, who was the first civilian Governor of Osun State, was said to be nursing the ambition to contest the 2018 governorship election in the state.
His supporters are lighting bonfires across the town to register their anger at his death, raising fears of possible violence.

Author: News Editor

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