….Why hoodlums attacked me at Adeleke’s burial – Ms Babalola
By Gbenga Olarinoye
, the younger brother to the first civilian governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has said the cause of the senator’s death is yet to be known.
He said this yesterday during a press conference at the residence of the deceased.
The pro-chancellor of Adeleke University said that the family was told that the report of the autopsy would take between one to two weeks.
He, however, urged people to disregard claims in the social media that the senator was killed.
He advised Senator Adeleke’s supporters to be calm, saying the two-time Senator was not known for violence while he was alive.
Tunji, one of the children of the Senator earlier alleged that his father, who was preparing to contest in the 2018 governorship election in the state was killed.
Although he did not state how he was killed, Tunji said Adeleke, who was also the senator representing Osun-West at the Senate until his death, was killed by some forces because he stood a good chance of emerging the governor of the state again.
Tunji, who said this in a snapchat on Tuesday, said that some persons, who he did not name, eliminated his dad because they considered him a threat to their ambition ahead of the next year election.
Following the circumstances surrounding his death, Senator Adeleke’s corpse was not allowed to be buried on Sunday and had to be returned to LAUTECH for autopsy.
Meantime, the state branch of Nigerian Medical Association NMA, has denied the claim that one of its members was arrested in connection with the death of Senator Adeleke.
In a statement signed by the group’s chairman, Dr T O Olajumoke and its secretary, Dr Olalekan Ajayi, NMA said that no doctor was involved, implicated or arrested in connection with the incident.
According to the statement, “The NMA, Osun branch, wishes to disclaim the news of the arrest of a doctor in connection with the unfortunate circumstance surrounding the death of late Senator Adeleke.
“We wish to state that no doctor was involved, implicated nor arrested as being purported in some media.”
Why hoodlums attacked me — Aregbesola’s aide, Babalola
Also yesterday, an aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola who is also a commissioner nominee, who was attacked at the burial of late Senator Adeleke on Monday, Hon Idiat Babalola, has said her attackers picked on her over unfounded rumours that she wants to be Deputy Governor after the current tenure of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Babalola, who was attacked shortly after arriving the venue of the burial, said she sensed trouble when some of the hoodlums started to make utterances which suggested that her rumoured deputy governorship ambition was to checkmate the governorship moves by the late Senator, who had openly declared his intention to run for the number one position.
Explaining further, Babalola, who served in the last state cabinet as Special Adviser to the Governor on Federal Matters, said her attackers could not have been acting over anything against Governor Aregbesola but simply on the local politics of Ede, where she also hails from just as the late Senator Adeleke.
She said: “I am a proud daughter of Ede and Uncle Isiaka has been a mentor and we never had any disagreement. The news of his death was broken to me while in Lagos on Sunday morning. I was heartbroken and immediately cut all my other engagements and came down to Ede from Lagos.
“We worked together with Uncle for the re-election of Governor Aregbesola in 2014 and for his own election into the Senate in 2015.
“Those who masterminded the attacks on me are people with poor understanding of the relationship between us and who acted based on their own political permutations only.”
She explained that she was at the burial in company of her father, Chief SOB Babalola, a prominent industrialist who is also a friend to the latter, father of now late Senator Adeleke.
“Not long after we sat down for the prayers, I sensed some hoodlums saying some things like I wanted to be deputy governor while Uncle (Senator Adeleke) has declared his ambition to be governor from the same Ede. I heard them talking about the new caretaker committee members being more of my loyalists than those of Senator Adeleke. And before we knew it, they grew more daring and unruly and brought down the canopy on the dignitaries present. It was the most unruly and irresponsible act I have seen in our land,” she said.
She said it was unfortunate that the miscreants’ action robbed a prominent son of Ede, the state burial he deserved and which state government planned for him.”
“That cannot be the best way to honour he memory of Uncle Adeleke. Senator Adeleke was a man of his people; a lover of peace and a political associate of Governor Aregbesola. Senator Adeleke could not have countenanced such misconduct in his lifetime,” she added.
She said there is no reason for the people of Ede, in spite of their political differences, to have any misgiving against Aregbesola saying that the city has benefited immensely under the Aregbesola administration.
She said with Ede being a beneficiary of the some of the best schools, roads, industrialization, youth employment and others, the city owes the administration appreciation.
Babalola expressed appreciation to Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, whom she said dropped the honour of being a governor to practically engage the hoodlums not to carry out their more dastardly plots.