24th April, 2017
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has described the death of the first civilian Governor of Osun State and serving senator, Isiaka Adeleke, as shocking, disheartening and sad.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in lbadan, on Sunday, the governor said he received the news of Adeleke’s sudden death with shock and disbelief.
The governor described the late senator as a celebrated and committed politician, distinguished senator, grassroots mobilizer, socialite and great philanthropist.
According to him, “When the news filtered in that Senator Adeleke was dead, l was extremely shocked and amazed. I found it very difficult to believe, because he was bubbling with life when l saw him last. Senator Adeleke was one person l admired for being a fine politician who committed his life to the service of humanity and his native Ede land. Right from his days as the first elected governor of Osun State up till his death, he never wavered in stretching his helping hands to the poor and the needy. His role in the dominance of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, from when he decided to team up with the progressives, till death, is noteworthy. Senator Adeleke was an asset to our party. He will be greatly missed”.
Ajimobi also commended the late senator’s contributions to debates on the floor of the Upper legislative chamber, which, he said, contributed immensely to quality legislation by the National Assembly.
The governor expressed the regret that the cold hands of death snatched away Senator Adeleke at a period when he said his wealth of experience was needed to salvage the country from its current socio-political challenges adding, “His sudden death is even more regrettable because the people of Osun State, members of the APC nationwide and indeed all Nigerians will henceforth miss his gregarious personality, his zeal for development as well as his great mobilization skills”.
Ajimobi prayed that the Almighty Allah should grant the soul of the late senator Aljanah firdous, and for God to grant the bereaved family, the late senator’s friends and kinsfolk in Ede the fortitude to bear the loss.
In another development, the Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator AbdulFatai Buhari has described the deceased a genial lawmaker who would be greatly missed.
Senator Buhari a lawmaker representing Oyo North Senatorial district in his condolence message said the news of Adeleke’s death was not only shocking but also confusing and disturbing.
”He is 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 would 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 Aljan fridaus
”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, ” he stated.