It was widely reported that political supporters and followers of late Senator Adeleke believed he was poisoned to death. The late senator attended a political meeting and another function, came back later on Saturday’s night and complained of stomach ache. As he was being rushed to the hospital he gave up the ghost.
They beleived the late senator was hale and hearty when he left home in the morning. He was one of the contestants of Osun state governorship slated for 2018. His supporters beleived his chances are bright.
The youths of the town who are sympathetic to the late senator had been protesting since yesterday. According to Islamic rites, the remains of the late senator ought to have been buried on Sunday
This suspicion necessitated the junior brother of the late senator, Deji Adeleke, father of Davido to order autopsy before being buried.
As the burial rites were being observed, today, the commisioner nominee from the state chapter attended the burial proceedings. The youths were infuriated and protested her presence at the burial. They suspected all state members in the death of the senator.
The angry supporters of Adeleke collapsed canopy in order to show their anger with Idiat Babalola, who is a Commissioner nominee of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Babalola who was seated among the dignitaries including the younger brother of the deceased, Deji Adeleke, was allegedly chased out by the youths who alleged that the former Governor was poisoned by some APC leaders.
The problem started when Babalola was sighted by the mourners who demanded that she should be sent out. Despite pleas from family members of the deceased, the youths insisted and started shouting and raining curses.
The youths started shaking the canopy which later collapsed.
Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun saved the female politician from getting attacked at the burial of late senator Isiaka Adeleke. Amosun, who was among dignitaries that attended the burial, was seen pushing a thug who was visibly unhappy about the presence of the yet-to-be identified woman at the funeral ceremony.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun has said a National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu was not responsible for his emergence as the ruling party’s National Chairman.
Oyegun made the remark in an interview with Vanguard while responding to a question that some people are alleging that he has not been fair to those who assisted him to emerge National Chairman of the party, especially, Bola Tinubu.
The APC Chairman insisted that everybody in the party and not a particular individual aided his emergence.
According to Oyegun, “Everybody assisted me to this position and I am grateful to all of them. The only thing is my personality and integrity; I don’t joke with these two things because they are the only currency that I have and I will defend them at any time.
“I don’t believe one particular person solely assisted me to this position, everybody assisted me and someday, the story of how I became chairman of APC will be told.
“You will then see that everybody did assist me to become National Chairman. This means that I am there for everybody. I don’t belong to any camp in the APC. I belong to all members of APC high and below.”
Angry supporters of the first civilian Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, trooped out to show their grief following the sudden death of the politician by barricading the Osogbo-Gbogan Expressway and making bonfires on the every busy road.
Adeleke had attended a senatorial meeting in Kuta Ile-Ogbo in the Ayedire Local Government Area and later attended a wedding in Iwo before returning to his country house in Ede by 10:30pm on Saturday.
It was gathered that Adeleke, who was greatly loved and revered in Osun-West, especially in his Ede hometown, complained of stomachache around 2am and was rushed to Biket Hospital, Osogbo, where he was confirmed dead.
The colourful ex-governor, who was the senator representing the Osun-West senatorial district until his death, was 62 years old when he died.
Adeleke was a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party but later defected to the All Progressives Congress when he fell out with some leaders of the party during the countdown to the PDP’s governorship primary in 2014.
The protesting youths claimed that Adeleke, who was their benefactor, was poisoned from one of the social functions he attended on Saturday hence the sudden death.
Armed policemen, however, moved to the scene and cleared the barricade but not until the youths’ actions had caused traffic jam even as some motorists were forced to make a detour as they took much longer routes.
As the youths were showing their grief on the road, hundreds of sympathisers gathered at the country house of the former governor and Asiwaju of Ede.
Many people including the aged, young and old broke down in tears and rained curses on those they claimed poisoned Adeleke.
The atmosphere at the residence was charged as some of the mourners attacked journalists and seized their cameras and threatened to deal with any journalists, who dared to record the mood at the residence.
Some of the youths attacked a journalist working with the Nigerian Television Authority, Tope Alabi, and injured him after attacking his cameraman identified as Alhaji and seizing his camera.
The incident happened as the NTA crew moved to the residence of the late politician in Ede to cover the sad event.
One of the youths, however, used a motorcycle to rescue Alabi while the cameraman ran inside one of the houses nearby as the youths wielding cudgel and sticks pursued him.
At around 1:15pm, his remains were brought back in a wine colour Toyota Sienna. He was brought in seated like a living being but was supported by some of his relatives inside the car.
Sympathisers waiting at the entrance of Adeleke’s residence surged in and rushed inside to catch a glimpse of their political leader and benefactor as they eventually discovered that the corpse of the senator was inside the car.
Some of those who entered into the sitting room said the corpse was being bathed and was being prepared for interment but suddenly the body was taken back inside the same car en route to the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for autopsy.
One of the aides of the deceased said that the younger brother of the deceased, Deji Adeleke, was the one who called and instructed that an autopsy should be carried out before burial.
The source said, “Chairman (Deji) called and directed them to take him back to the hospital for an autopsy to ascertain the cause of his death.
“He will no longer be buried today because it is past 4pm now and he was a Muslim. His body has been deposited at the mortuary. His brother wanted to see him before he would be buried. He is likely going to be buried tomorrow morning.
“The chairman is already on his way to Ede from Lagos and he may not arrive until around 7:30pm or 8pm, depending on how busy the traffic is.”
His last moments
Another aide, who pleaded anonymity, told journalists that he was together with him during his trip to Kuta for a burial and later to a wedding ceremony in Iwo.
He said he did not sit very close to him during the ceremony but he learnt that he ate a piece of meat at the ceremony in Iwo.
He said, “We went together to Kuta yesterday for a burial and after that we went to Iwo for a wedding. I don’t really know what happened but he ate just one piece of meat in Iwo.
“He received visitors until around 2am this morning (Sunday morning) and went inside to sleep. Whenever he slept, nobody would wake him up. But I was told he complained of pain in one of his legs this morning and his doctor was called.
“The doctor treated him and left. He later came back and he was the one who discovered that he was lifeless. I think he knew that he was already dead but to be sure, he called us and we rushed him to Biket Hospital where he was confirmed dead, Osogbo.
“His death could be as a result of poison but we are still waiting for the report of the autopsy to confirm if he was truly poisoned or he died of natural causes.”
Security beefed up at Adeleke’s residence
In a bid to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order at his residence, the police have beefed up security at the residence with the deployment of two Armoured Personnel Carriers very close to the residence.
Apart from the APC stationed there, there were three patrol vans and about 20 armed policemen at the place just to ensure that the death was not used to foment trouble by aggrieved youths.
Also, two APCs were stationed at Aisu which is the junction leading to his residence.
About 10 armed policemen were also seen at the junction.
There were traces of bonfires and signposts uprooted by the youths to block the road when our correspondent visited the place. The police, however, cleared the barricade to allow easy flow of traffic.
Death news of First Executive Governor of Osun state and serving Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke came like a rumour because nobody expected Sen. Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke death 20 years to this time but death is inevitable.
I commiserate with baba Kabiyesi Timi of Ede, Son and Daughters of Ede land over the death of their illustrious son and Asiwaju of Ede. May Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest and forgive his inadequacies.
Late Sen Adeleke was in Ile-Ogbo Ayedire local government area of Osun state yesterday at Osun West APC senatorial leader mothers burial Hon. Amobi. His Excellency Sen. Adeleke was healthy and medically fit, he danced and sprayed money in his usual way. Also at the burial party was Osun state Deputy Governor Otunba Grace Titi Laoye Tomori. This particular party can be refers to as Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke last outing.
ON WHETHER ADELEKE WAS POISON OR NOT
Bashorun, I will silence on this for now as autopsy reports is not yet out.
ADELEKE DIED AT CRITICAL POLITICAL TIME
Nearly one year and few months to Osun state gubernatorial election. And considering the ongoing power tissue among Osun APC political gladiators, several sympathisers are blaming APC Ajele’s for Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke’s death, believing he was killed ahead of 2018 election since he is the leading gubernatorial aspirant in the party. Adeleke political family are seriously bitter with Lagos/Osun APC also known as Ajele.
ON SAHARA REPORTER NEWS
I wonder the source of heart attack news disseminated by Sahara reporter, I believe he wrote his reports to divert peoples attention. What killed Isiaka Adeleke will be made public tomorrow.
POLITICIANS KILLED CLOSE TO ELECTION TIME IN SOUTHWEST
*** Funso Williams …… Lagos State
*** Dipo Dina …… Ogun State
*** Alhaji Oseni Olajokun ……. Osun state
*** Ayo Daramola … Ekiti state
I am writing this reports with deep sorrow and total submission to the Will of God. I commit anyone who masterminded Adeleke’s death to hand of God. May every curses rained today manifested in the person’s life and that of his family …..alale Ede gbo ooooo and if it is the will of God, may Almighty God forgive his inadequacies.
Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, a senior brother to Davido’s father is Dead!
Nigerian music sensation, Davido is bereaved over the loss of his uncle.
The former Governor of Osun State who is also a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Isiaka Adeleke is dead.
He’s popularly called Serubawon and till his death the Asiwaju of Ede land, Osun state
Adeleke is a three-term senator was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. According to family sources, Adeleke suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Bikets Hospital where he passed away.
He died at the age of 62.
The late Adeleke who was also said to be one of the contenders for the Osun governorship election next year was reported dead in the early hours of today, and will probably be buried today according to Islamic injuction
Abdulmumuni Abiola, a son of the 1993 presidential election winner, Chief MKO Abiola, in this interview with BAYO AKINLOYE says that Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi’s book and other military officers’ revelations, indicate that there are unresolved issues about his father’s death
Was there any compensation by the Federal Government to your family following the death of your father in the custody of the military government in 1998 when Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.) was the Head of State?
I was very young when my father died. I was in the United States of America at that time. Also, I was not aware of his death until a couple of months after he had died. I really cannot say at this moment if anything was done, if anybody was settled. All I know is that my father, Chief MKO Abiola, died under controversial circumstances and we have yet to get to the root of the matter.
Recently, you called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to reopen the case of Chief MKO Abiola’s death, following Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi’s (retd.) book account that Abdulsalami should be held responsible for your father’s death. Do you think the government will answer that call?
Honestly, I have confidence in this current administration to do the needful. It is a reality that things have been very difficult for the people of this nation. While it is important to put a closure to the mystery surrounding the death of my dear father, I feel without being selfish that the current problems that we face in Nigeria at the moment are very important to the survival of our people and as a nation. I have put the tragedy of my parents – my father and my mother, Chief Kudirat Abiola – behind me. There is nothing I can do about the past but I can have a firm hold on the future; a future for myself, my children, grandchildren and the Nigerian masses. It is unfortunate that years after the death of my parents, the country is still being regaled with various versions of what happened and what did not happen.
Like I said, the last time I spoke with you on this issue, it does not matter how long it takes to get justice – justice must be seen to have been done. It is vital that the truth comes out. I have always known that the cause of my father’s death is questionable. I am interested in getting justice done for my father. It is not a matter of being violent but expecting justice to take its natural course. There is nothing wrong in having a second look at the matter. Justice delayed will not be justice denied in knowing exactly how my father died or who killed my father. My father left behind a great legacy for this country and for his children. I want President Muhammadu Buhari to do his best to find a solution to the mystery and above all to continue to strive to make Nigeria a better place for Nigerians. Nigerians too deserve justice.
Each year, your family commemorates the death of your parents and this year same thing will be done. How does it feel decades after their demise nobody has been brought to book?
What I will say is that my father and my mother are more than their death. My mother was brave and courageous; my father was always giving back to the society; I have to follow in their footsteps. I have learnt to stay humble like my parents. Let me digress, you see Nigeria is a beautiful country; everybody seems to have something to say these days about Abiola’s death. You’ll be surprised that people who were close to my father were involved (in his death). Gen. Bamaiyi has given his own account about Abiola’s death; other military officers are saying otherwise. What can I do? I can’t stop people from saying what they feel or claim to know. The most important thing for me is that we need to move the country forward. I am not interested in any vendetta – justice isn’t vendetta.
Can you imagine? My father died in 1998 and we’re still discussing his death as if he died recently. I feel there was something my father was trying to do and the powers that be then didn’t want him to do that. What could that possibly be? What did MKO do to deserve that death? We want to know. These were people from his own ethnic group; they cut him (Abiola) into pieces and shared his ‘meat’. The decision (to kill him) that they made back then, are they enjoying it now? We can’t go back in time but going into the future we can avoid making the same old mistake, which is the most important thing.
Do you think your father, being the winner of the 1993 presidential election, deserves to be recognised posthumously as a president of Nigeria as some people are advocating?
That might just be a symbolic measure actually; my father has been long dead. What’s the point of giving him back his mandate when he’s no longer alive to accept it? They should keep the mandate. The country has more pressing issues to deal with. The country will be a better place if our leaders can apply their heads as well as hearts to lifting the majority of the people out of poverty, injustice, hopelessness, insecurity and corruption. There is so much rot in the country. For me, any posthumous award is a distraction from the country’s present ugly situation. It might be fitting to honour with that if the country has changed for the better and people can look back with a smile. Forget about such mandate, people need to survive and they trust in the government to provide an enabling environment to explore profitable opportunities. It will be difficult to honour my father without the masses being given a new lease of life. My father wanted to give the Nigerian masses a better life. He needed to do something different from what Nigerian leaders were known for. He was an energetic man with dynamic vision. All the awards and titles that he had, did he take them to anywhere?
Are you happy with the country’s democracy which your parents and others gave their lives for?
I don’t like dwelling in the past; I love looking into the future thinking of what to do. In every campaign for change, there will be people who attempt to hijack the process. To be sure, I really do not think that those who fought for democracy are the ones enjoying it. Again, we must admit that democracy is not a fully built structure – it evolves. Even the American democracy did not start full-blown as they have it now. They have an ugly past. The most important thing is that we have a democracy and we all have to be committed to make it work. As Nigerians, we need to define who we are as a people and as a nation. Even if my father had been alive to rule the country I don’t think we would have had an ideal democracy. We have to keep moving forward; our hope lies in the future. We need to keep evolving with the system rather than remain stagnant.
In doing so, we need to strengthen our constitution and other democratic frameworks. We don’t just want democracy for democracy’s sake. We all need to be involved on personal levels. Despite what we may be going through at the moment, the beauty is that we have been able to keep our democracy. I have always been close to those who led the country. I try to support them in whatever way I can. I am a public servant, anywhere I find myself I am willing to serve. If I didn’t learn anything from my father, one thing I learnt is to always give back to the society – he was very engaging. He always wanted to interact. If I found an opportunity to engage with Nigerians, I will not shy away from that.
Fresh anxiety is mounting over the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to the country on March 10 after a 49-day medical sojourn in London, United Kingdom.
The 74-year-old Nigerian leader was only seen in public once throughout last week, when he joined other Muslim faithful for a Juma’at service on Friday at a mosque located near his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The service lasted less than one hour after which Buhari returned to his residence.
Before Friday’s brief appearance, the last time he was seen in public was penultimate Friday when he attended the same service at the same venue.
Presidency sources attributed the President’s continuous non-appearance at public events to his ailing health and the need to take further rest.
“It is no longer news that the President has been sick. His ill health coupled with his age is responsible for the scaling down of his activities,” one of the sources said on Saturday.
In the Presidential Villa, there have been continuous whispers among workers over Buhari’s continued absence.
The concern was further heightened when it was observed that many of the President’s assignments were transferred to the Vice President.
During the week, a delegation of the Arewa Consultative Forum had met with the vice president and told him they were welcoming Buhari from his medical vacation through him (Yemi Osinbajo).
“Was it that they were denied access to the President himself due to his ill health?” some workers wondered aloud.
One of our correspondents reported that, although some government officials were reported to have met with Buhari in his office during the week, to update him of developments in their ministries, no photographs or video recordings of such encounters were made available by the Presidency, which was contrary to the usual practice.
Although the government officials spoke with reporters after their separate meetings with the president, the absence of such photographs and video recordings raised doubts as to whether, indeed, the government officials met with the President.
When confronted with such suspicion on Thursday, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Usani Usani, who was one of the government officials that met Buhari during the week, said those who held the opinion that he did not meet the president were entitled to their opinion.
He, however, insisted that he met Buhari and briefed him on developments in his ministry.
Others who met the president during the week were the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winnifred Oyo-Ita; Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Kayode Fayemi; and the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung.
Speaking on the development, a former Joint House Leader of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as a member of the Defence Committee in the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, told SUNDAY PUNCH that there was every reason for Nigerians to be worried about the president’s health, especially because he has hardly been seen in public.
Mohammed said, “The Presidency needs to tell the truth. It is disingenuous and not good for the country for the people to be told lies about their president.
“We need to know the truth and not be told lies. People have genuine cause to be worried because they don’t see their president as they should. Knowing about the health of the President is not a personal issue; it is of public interest. Nigerians are genuinely concerned.”
Also speaking on the rare appearance of Buhari in public, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mohammed Abdulrahman, said Nigerians should be worried that the cabal in the administration of the president might have hijacked the care of Buhari from his wife, Aisha Buhari.
“That was what happened to Gen. Sani Abacha. The same happened to (ex-) President Umaru Yar’Adua when he took ill and eventually died. Aisha has to learn the ropes and should not allow the cabal in her husband’s government to mismanage the President’s health. While I think the President’s illness is due to old age, there are concerns in the public that he has continued to stay away from the public and the Presidency keeps saying the President is fine. People are worried because Buhari is a president they love,” the ACF chieftain told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday night.
Similarly, the leader of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, stated that Nigerians were worried about the continued absence of the President in the public. He noted that Buhari was not elected to stay indoors.
“Nigerians want to see the President they voted for. Nigerians want to know the status of his health. We are praying for him to get better but nobody should hide him from us. We are worried. It is disturbing and worrisome that we have not seen him in public and that we do not know his exact health status. Nobody should hide him away from us because we feel he has been kidnapped from Nigerians. He is being treated with taxpayers’ money so they deserve to know the status of his health.
“It is sad that against all odds, a cabal in the government has turned Buhari to a private property. But Buhari is a public property as an elected president of the country. Tradition and constitution demand that we should know about his health. No one has the right to hide him from us. We are concerned; we are worried. We feel that our mandate is being hijacked by some people. The electorate must know what has happened to their mandate,” Shettima said.
He is recovering, says Presidency
When contacted on Saturday to react to the fresh anxiety over the President’s health, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari was recuperating, adding that the prayer of all was that he recovered fully soon.
When further asked when the President would likely return to see his doctors in the United Kingdom, the presidential spokesman said Nigerians would be adequately informed about Buhari’s movement when the time comes.
Adesina said, “The President is recovering, and our prayer is that he returns to full heath soon.
“On arrival in the country on March 10, he (Buhari) said he would still travel at a later time. No date was given, but be assured that when it’s time to travel, the country would be told.
“The President is a plain and straightforward person.”
It will be recalled that the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had questioned Buhari’s absence from state functions, especially the weekly Federal Executive Council meetings.
The Convener of Every Nigerian Do Something, Perry Brimah, had also claimed in a statement on Friday that the President was critically ill and was being locked up inside the Presidential Villa by a selfish cabal.
Fayose, in a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, had asked if the President was governing the country by proxy.
According to him, it is becoming obvious that a group or cabal is exercising the powers of the President.