Aregbesola warns against using Adeleke’s death to cause hatred
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State yesterday accused the family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke of using his death to manipulate the minds of the people of the ancient city of Ede.
He stressed that since the death of the former governor of Osun in April, many lies and fabrications have emanated from the family and some of his loyalists.
According to him, among the lies being peddled is the alleged claim by the younger brother of the politician, Dr. Deji Adeleke, that he lent the Aregbesola government money to pay workers salaries. He said it was also unthinkable that the Adeleke family would claim that Aregbesola begged Senator Adeleke to join APC.
Aregbesola stated these when he led the campaign train of Senator Mudashir Husain to Ede, the hometown of Adeleke, ahead of the July 8, 2017 senatorial election.
Aregbesola stated that it was the late senator who came to the All Progressives Congress (APC) uninvited because of the treatment he received in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), giving him the senatorial ticket then.
He said he never collected a kobo from the younger brother of the late Senator (Deji) or any of the Adelekes.
He added: “Deji Adeleke does not have the financial capacity to bail out Osun from its financial challenges even before now, not to talk about lending us money to pay workers’ salaries. If anything at all, it is their family that sought and got favours from the Osun State Government under my watch. It is to the glory of God that they got the Certificate of Occupancy of their university from our government. Why didn’t those who are their new friends give them C of O of that university?
“If Deji Adeleke has so much money, why is he begging me to waive the payable tax of his university? Why cant he just pay?”
On his part, the Timi of Ede, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal, sued for peace, stating that the senatorial election should not be allowed to cause disaffection.
Aregbesola had told the monarch that: “I must say here, Kabiesi, that peace in a town is the responsibly of a king. And if he fails in his secure that peace he will be the one that will be held responsible.”
The Osun West Senatorial by-election of Saturday most likely produce Senator Mudashiru Husain, the candidate of APC as the winner.
This position was contained in a statement jointly issued in Osogbo, Osun State capital by two groups, the Democracy and Good Governance Forum (DGGF) and the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM).
The statement jointly signed by the Executive Director of DGGF, Mr. Kester Olaifa and Nelson Ekunjumi of the CPPM, also called on the electorates in Osun West senatorial district to come out in large numbers to exercise their democratic rights peacefully without any fear of intimidation.