Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed shock and sadness over the death of former Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, describing his demise as a big loss for Southwest Region.
Adeleke, the first civilian Governor of Osun State and a serving Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District passed on in Osun on Sunday morning at the age of 62.
Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said Adeleke’s death was a huge loss to the entire Southwest region and the Yoruba nation across the world.
“I was deeply shocked to learn of his death this morning. Only last month, he was in Lagos to join us celebrate our party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He made his mark first as the first civilian Governor of Osun State and then as a Senator, he was one of the most prominent lawmakers who did not shy away from issues that affected Nigerians in general.
“He was very passionate about Nigeria’s progress and contributed immensely to the expansion of progressive politics especially in the South West. Senator Adeleke was a loving man, a peace maker, a grassroots politician and a detribalized Nigerian who was well loved by his people,” Governor Ambode said.
The governor prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul, urging his family to draw strength from the fact that he made meaningful impact during his lifetime.
Ambode also commiserated with the people of Osun State, especially the people of Osun West Senatorial Zone and Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola over the sad loss.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the people of South West Nigeria and Nigerians in general on this great and irreparable loss. He will be sorely missed”, he said.
Meanwhile, preparations for the burial rites of the deceased who died on Sunday, are alrrady underway. He is to be buried according to Islamic rites at his residence in Ede, Osun.
There was heavy presence of security ersonnel at the residence of the deceased.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, was also at the Adeleke residence to ensure adequate security.
Some angry youths in the town, however, told the commissioner that they would prevent state government officials from attending the burial, alleging that Adeleke was poisoned.
Mrs Idiat Babalola, the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola on Diaspora, who came for the burial, was mobbed. It took the intervention of policemen rescue her.
The atmosphere at the late senator’s house has been tense as sympathisers and family members are still waiting for the result of the autopsy conducted on the late senator.