Isiaka Adeleke’s Family Accuses Osun Govt Of Politicising His Death

 

The family of the late senator who represented Osun west, Mr Isiaka Adeleke, has accused the state government of politicizing his death.

The Spokesperson for the family, Mr Dele Adeleke, made the allegations on Wednesday while addressing journalists at the country home of the senator in Ede town.

According to him, the family believes that the sudden arraignment of the Nurse (Alfred Aderibigbe), who allegedly administered the drug overdose, was an indication that the government had sinister plans to cover up the truth behind his death.

He also accused the government of failing to disclose details of the autopsy report carried out on the late senator.

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“We are all aware that the Osun State Government set up a Coroner’s inquest which sat from the 8th of May, 2017 and recommended the prosecution of Mr Alfred Aderibigbe who was the Nurse alleged to have administered drugs on Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

“The Nurse has been roaming the streets freely and undisturbed. The government did not consider it necessary nor important to make available to the family the details of the report of the autopsy conducted on our late brother as well as the detailed report of the coroner’s inquest.

“We have had to resort to getting information from the media just like every other member of the public as if we are not a related party.

“The family is concerned about the further politicisation of demise of Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke especially with the timing of the sudden interest in the matter after over a year of inaction on the part of Osun state government more so that elections to change the mantle of leadership of the state is so close,” the family said.

The state High Court, sitting in Ede, had last Friday, ordered the remand of the nurse in prison custody after being indicted by the coroner’s inquest led by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara.

The family, however, said news making the rounds that it was involved in the prosecution was “far from the truth”.

They, therefore, called on the public to ask the government the reason behind its sudden action on the matter, saying it was aimed at manipulating the truth.

Furthermore, they called on the Judiciary to do all it can to ensure that ensure justice for the dead.

“There is also a growing suspicion that the recent”arrangement” of the Rauf Aregbesola government is to achieve the ultimate goal of a grand cover-up of the truth behind the death of Alhaji Isiaka.

“The General public is hereby enjoined to help us ask the government why the inaction for over a year? Why the publicity around the arrest and prosecution? The public is hereby put on notice to be vigilant of the manipulative moves of this highly discredited and unfavoured Rauf Aregbesola administration.

“As law abiding citizen the family cannot interfere with the judicial process that has recently commended, but we do sincerely pray that the judiciary; the last hope of the common man and only hope for Justice for the deceased, will rise to her noble calling to serve justice without fear or favour.

“We will be sending the family lawyer to observe the proceedings in court as it progresses,” Mr Dele said.

Meanwhile, the state government has denied the allegations, stating that the government has not in any way politicised the death of Mr Adeleke.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, who spoke to Channels Television said the government did not understand how the family came about the conclusion.

He, however, explained that it was for such reasons, that the matter was in court to determine the cause of the sudden death.

“I know for a fact that late senator Isiaka Adeleke, a former governor of this state whose death was sudden and mysterious cannot be treated shabbily by not finding out what killed him.

“That is why the government went through the rigours of carrying out the post-mortem and ensuring that the coroner’s inquest was carried out,“ he said.

Ademola Adeleke Wins Osun West Senatorial Bye-Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the just concluded Osun west senatorial bye-election.

Ademola Adeleke who won in nine Local Government Areas in the district out of 10, polled 97480 to beat Senator Mudashir Hussein of the APC who had 66116.

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Announcing the results, the Returning Officer, Professor Laide Lawal said the total number of registered voters was 431674 while 171575 were accredited to partake in the election.

Eleven political parties participated in the bye-election, occasioned by the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke the first civilian governor of Osun State who died on April 23, 2017.

APC NWC Clears Senator Mudasiru Hussein For Osun West Senatorial Primaries

N'Delta Crisis: APC Group Commends Buhari's InterventionThe National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Monday cleared Senator Mudasiru Hussein to contest the party’s primaries for the Osun West Senatorial District holding tomorrow, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The NWC cleared Senator Hussein during its meeting in Abuja which reviewed the decision of the Appeal Panel which had earlier dismissed the appeal filed by Senator Hussain on Sunday.

By the regulation of the party, the decision of the NWC is final.

A statement signed by the Director, Media and Strategy for the APC in Osun State, Kunle Oyatomi, said delegates for the Osun West Senatorial district primaries are to proceed to the designated centre for the exercise on Tuesday.

The former senator had appealed his disqualification, arguing that he had already resigned his appointment as stipulated by the party’s constitution before appearing for screening to contest in the primaries.

But the Appeal Panel dismissed his appeal and ratified the decision of the screening committee, and forwarded its report to the NWC for a final decision.

According to Hussein, with the decision of the party which upturned his disqualification, it is now clear to the whole world that the APC is a party that respects the rules of the game and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I must thank the Almighty Allah, the people of Osun, particularly the people of Osun West for their prayers and support to our course, in spite of the challenges that heralded my aspiration to return to the Nigeria Senate after the death of our respected late Senator Isiaka Adeleke,” he said.

“The decision of the leadership of our party has shown that the ruling APC, under the leadership of Odigiwe-Oyegun is a party to beat any day any time.”

He said the decision was a signal that the APC would emerge victorious at the poll.

APC Screens Two Aspirants To Replace Adeleke

N'Delta Crisis: APC Group Commends Buhari's InterventionTwo aspirants have been screened ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries to elect a candidate to represent the party at the senatorial bye–election.

The candidates, Mudashir Hussein and brother to the late Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke are vying for the party’s ticket to contest for the vacant seat of the Osun West Senatorial District which became void as a result of the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

Both candidates were screened by the APC national screening committee chaired by the Speaker Nassarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanusi Rikiji, at the state Secretariat, Osogbo.

Hon. Rikiji told journalists at a briefing before the screening exercise that four intending aspirants showed interest in the bye-election, including the state Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Alhaja Latifat Giwa.

According to him, only two out of the said four were present at the screening, which was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The two screened aspirants at the end of the screening expressed confidence and optimism that they would be victorious at the primaries set holds on Monday June 12.

Meanwhile, earlier on, the APC state Secretary, Rasak Salinsile told the committee that Otunba Ademola Adeleke was not a registered member of the party in the state, saying only his late elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke was.

He said only Senator Mudashir Hussein who bought his form at the party Secretariat, was known and recognised by the party in the state.

Otunba, however, debunked the story, presenting a copy of his APC identity card and stating that he became a full member of the party in 2014 when his late brother joined the APC.

20 Aspirants Battle To Replace Adeleke In Senate

No fewer than 20 aspirants have expressed interest to occupy the vacant seat in the Red Chamber following the demise of the late senator representing Osun West Senatorial district, the Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on April 23, 2017.

The scramble for the vacant seat rather became more pronounced as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed the bye-election for Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The electoral body, made the announcement through its Administrative Secretary, Osun State, Barrister Ademusire E A.

“Consequent upon the provisions of the enabling statutes that bye-elections to fill the declared vacant seat by National Assembly be conducted within 30days upon the declaration, the bye-election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday 8th July 2017.”

According to the timetable, June 15 would be the last day for submission of forms, June 22 for publication of forms, June 30 for submission of names and addresses of party agents and July 6, the last day for the campaign by political parties.

Channels Television gathered the names of politicians battling for the seat from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), as well as those from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Among them are the ex-official of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Akintola Omolaoye, the State Secretary of APC, Ayobami Salinsile, younger brother to the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke, Alhaji Tiamiyu Bello, Mr. Tijani Adekilekun and Alhaji Sule Alao for the APC.

Those who are contesting under the umbrella of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), are former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Adejare Bello, Hon. Bamidele Sallam, Hon Ajibade Falade, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, retired Colonel Olayiwola Falabi, among others.

Meanwhile, there are diverse positions among the APC members in the 10 local governments that constitute the senatorial district.

While some are making case for Adeleke’s family, clamoring for retention of the ticket in Ede, the late senator’s hometown, to compensate the Adeleke’s family and his kinsmen, others are of the opinion that the contest for the seat within the party should be thrown open for everyone.

It is against this backdrop that the party leadership in the state set up a committee at the instance of the chairman of the party in the state, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, to come up with the option that will be in the best interest of the party and the people of the senatorial district.

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INEC Fixes Date For Election To Replace Adeleke

Presidency Sends 27 REC Nominees For Senate ConfirmationThe Independent National electoral commission (INEC) has fixed July 8 to run a by-election to replace late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

Following the demise of the late senator representing Osun West Senatorial district, no fewer than 20 aspirants have expressed interest in occupying the vacant seat in the Red chamber.

The electoral body, through its Administrative Secretary, Osun State, Barrister Ademusire E A, released the timetable for the election.

“Consequent upon the provisions of the enabling statutes that bye elections to fill the declared vacant seat by National Assembly be conducted within 30 days upon the declaration, the bye election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday 8th July 2017.”

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Senator Isiaka Adeleke, aged 62, died on April 23 at Biket hospital in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

He was the first civilian Governor of Osun State and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While controversy trailed his death, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said it was imperative to investigate the cause of the tragic occurence by setting up a coroner inquest.

Read Also: Family Rejects Coroner’s Inquest Into Adeleke’s Death

The family of the late Senator however, rejected the coroner’s inquest, alleging that the motives were not pure.

A former governor of Osun State and the first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande, is among those who expressed grief over the demise of the senator.

The former governor said Senator Adeleke died at the prime of his political career, adding that he was a young vibrant statesman of Osun State whose death would remain a shock to political elders for a very long time.

Adeleke’s Death: Coroner Ordered Autopsy Not Family – Pathologist

The pathologist who carried out the autopsy on late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Dr. Taiwo Solaja on Friday said the postmortem he carried out was authorised by the police coroner and not Adeleke’s family as being claimed in some quarters.

Solaja made this known at the coroner inquest in Osogbo while being led in testimony by the Senior Legal Officer LAUTECH University Teaching Hospital, Mrs Oyindamola Daramola, and a legal practitioner and observer at the hearings, Mr Bashir Ajibola.

The pathologist said he received a form order for a postmortem to be carried out on the late Adeleke which was signed by Police Coroner, Ajiboye Dorcas Olubunmi, on April 23.

He said another form relating to the particulars of the deceased was also given to him by the Police Division, Dugbe, Osogbo, for him to provide the Force with findings of his examination.

He said at no point was he authorised by the Adeleke family to carry out autopsy on the late senator.

Solaja also noted that as a professional, it was imperative that he submitted the result of the autopsy to the coroner or police and no other person.

He stressed that when the forms for the conduct of the autopsy were served on him, members of the Adeleke family were aware and they understood that it was the police that authorised the procedure.

Solaja subsequently provided the coroner inquest with copies of the results of the autopsy he conducted as exhibits and in compliance with the instruction of the court when he first appeared before it on Tuesday.

Adeleke’s Family Shuns Coroner Inquest

The family of Senator Isiaka Adeleke has shunned the Coroner inquest into his death, backing its resolve not to be involved in the process with action.

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, had on May 3 ordered the inquest amid controversy over the Senator’s sudden death.

The Coroner’s inquest headed by Magistrate Olusegu Ayilara had on Tuesday invited two of the late Senator’s sibblings – his brother, Dr. Deji Adeleke and sister, Mrs Dupe Adeleke-Sanni.

It also invited the State Commissioner of Police, the Chief Medical Directors of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and Biket Hospital, as well as the Executive Secretary of Ede South Local Government.

While the Adeleke family shunned the inquest, others invited showed up and the inquest began sitting on Wednesday.

Those present at the sitting, based on the summons, included the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye; Executive Director of Biket Hospital, Dr. Adebisi Adenle, Executive Secretary, Ede South Local Government, Mr. Johnson Ojo.

The Coroner, however, said it could not take evidence as a result of logistic challenges and adjourned till May 15.

Adeleke the first civilian governor of Osun State, died at the age of 62 on April 23.

His death led to outrage among his supporters many of who protested in the days following his death and at his burial, while members of his family said they suspected foul play.

Coroner Summons Adeleke’s Brother, Five Others

The Coroner’s Inquest put in place by the Osun State government has invited two siblings of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Dr. Deji Adeleke and Mrs Dupe Adeleke-Sanni.

The panel equally summoned the State Commissioner of Police, the Chief Medical Directors of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and Biket Hospital, as well as the Executive Secretary of Ede South Local Government.

The panel, headed by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, had begun sitting on Monday at the premises of the Osun State High Court in Osogbo, the state capital.

The letters summoning the aforementioned were dated May 8, 2017 and signed by the Coroner, Magistrate Ayilara.

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According to the letters addressed to them individually, all those invited are expected to appear before the panel by 9:00am on Wednesday, May 10.

Meanwhile, a source close to the panel told Channels Television that more people would be invited within the three weeks of time frame given by the State government.

Senator Adeleke, the first civilian governor of Osun State and the lawmaker representing Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, died on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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Earlier, his family, through Dr. Adeleke, said they would not participate nor be a party in the inquest and warned doctors not to tamper with the autopsy report which they insisted was yet to be made public.

The state government, however, maintained that the inquest was a standard practice in a civilised environment.

Aregbesola Sets Up Coroner’s Inquest Into Adeleke’s Death

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, says a coroner inquest into the death of the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke has become imperative to put an end to the controversy that trailed his death.

Governor Aregbesola stated this on Wednesday during the signing of the coroner inquest at his office in Osogbo, the state capital in South-West Nigeria.

He explained that the sudden passage of the late politician, his status and the circumstances surrounding the incident informed the decision of the State Government to investigate his death.

“The suddenness of the death and the huge confusion that accompanied it, the circumstances and the importance of the deceased made it very important for our government to put in place the inquest using the instrumentality of the law,” the governor said.

According to him, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara would lead the coroner Inquest which he said must be concluded within three weeks.

“I am using today, an instrument pursuant to Section 3 subsection 1 and 2 of the Coroner Law Cap 32, Laws of the State of Osun 2002, to appoint and empower Mr Olusegun Ayodele Ayilara, Chief Magistrate, to order an inquest under the Coroner Law Cap 32 Volume 1, Laws of the State of Osun 2002, as to the cause of the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke of country home Ede in Osun State, who died a sudden death of which the cause is unknown on the 23rd of April, 2017,” he added.

Earlier, the Osun State Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Abiola Adewemimo, stressed the importance of the inquest.

She expressed optimism that the coroner inquest would create the chance to explore all avenues to investigate the cause of Adeleke’s death, and also bring the controversy his death created to an end.

Osun NLC Cancels Workers’ Day Celebration In Tribute To Adeleke

 The Osun State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Monday cancelled the Workers’ Day celebrations in the state over the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

Adeleke, who was the first executive of the state had died on April 23, shocking many of his supporters.

The NLC Chairman in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, who confirmed the development, said the decision was taken to honour the late politician, whose Fidau prayer also comes up on Monday.

The Osun NLC, however, joined other state chapters in calling for the payment of outstanding salaries.

Calls for a review of the minimum wage and payment of salary arrears have dominated the Workers’ Day celebrations with NLC President Ayuba Waba describing the calls as modest and legitimate.

“By law and practice, and through a collective bargaining process, government, employers of labour and organised labour as represented by TUC and NLC, have agreed that in every five years, we need to review the minimum wage because of a lot of factors – the cost of living, inflation and other factors that need to be considered,” Wabba told Channels Television.

“Therefore, it is due both by law and in practice. And it is a legitimate demand.”

National Assembly Hasn’t Informed Us Of Adeleke’s Death – INEC

Presidency Sends 27 REC Nominees For Senate ConfirmationThe Independent National Electoral Commission has said the National Assembly has not notified it of the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented Osun-West Senatorial District in the Senate until his death on April 23, 2017.

The Administrative Secretary of INEC in Osun State, Barr. Emmanuel Ademushure, said this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday at the commencement of continuous voter registration exercise in the state.

“Even the deaf and blind heard that Osun State has lost a representative in the National Assembly who was representing the people of Osun-West Senatorial District, but the law stipulates that we must be officially informed before taking any step,” Ademushure told journalists.

“It is the party that will inform the National Assembly that they have lost a representative and once that has been done, the National Assembly will inform INEC about it, even though you heard it on network news and pages of newspapers.”

He said INEC could only declare the Osun-West senatorial district’s seat vacant when the National Assembly officially informs the electoral body of Adeleke’s death.

“We are waiting for correspondence from the National Assembly to inform us about his demise and as soon as it gets to Abuja, it will be communicated to us,” he said.

The INEC official, however, said those who will be registering to vote under the continuous voter registration exercise that started on Thursday would not be allowed to participate in an election to replace the late Senator.

He explained that the list of voters eligible to elect representatives into the eighth Assembly was on record and had been publicised.

“Therefore, those who are just registering will not be part of voting process in the election that would get the deceased replaced,” he said.