By Tayo Joseph Lagos, Nigeria
When senator Isiaka Adeleke, went to kuta Ile Igbo near Iwo in Osun west senatorial district,he did not know that he will not return alive. The party attended by big wigs and frontline politicians across the state was a place many politicians wanted to be on Saturday April 22.
Unfortunately, from the party, Adeleke was taken to Biket Hospital Oshogbo where he died. “This is myterious he went to party today and now he is dead” said one of those who was at the party with him.
Although he was said to have died of heart attack but there are strong speculations that he may not have died a natural death.
Adeleke’s death brings to an end his dream to become the governor of Osun State again. He has been warming up for the primaries election and said to have printed posters which were already in circulation.
The position of the governor for next year election has been zoned to the Osun West where Adeleke comes from. ” That may have ignited his interest to contest again” said Segun Adeyemi a poltician.
Adeyemi said the governorship position was zoned to Osun West because they feel it is their turn to produce governor. “Aregbesola is from Osun East, Olagunsoye Oyinlola who handed over to Aregbesola is from Osun North”.
Heavy protest broke out in Ede as Irate youths protested Adeleke’s sudden death. The youth believed that he may have been poisoned at the party. They alleged that he was killed to pave way for another APC aspirant to win the next year governorship election.
Adeleke, representing Osun West Senatorial district, was the first elected civilian governor of Osun State in 1992.
Born in Enugu on January 15, 1955, Adeleke attended Christ Church School, Enugu. He had his secondary school at Ogbomosho Grammar School, in 1972. He got his first degree in Political Science at Jackville State University in the US, in 1983. Two years later he obtained Masters in Public Administration from the same University.
Adeleke was the Asiwaju of Edeland and a recipient of National award of Commander of the Order of the Niger. CON