Osun State declares 3-day mourning for Senator Adeleke

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke

Osun State has declared a 3-day mourning in honour of its former Governor, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, just as his remains was laid to rest in his Ede Country Home on Monday, according to Islamic rites.

In a statement released by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, the government directed that flags be flown at half mast to honour the late governor whose sudden death rattled the entire nation.

The burial took place amidst tears from sympathizers, friends, family members, political associates among others.

Among those who attended the burial were Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko among others.

Meanwhile, a fellow Senator who represents Osun East Senatorial District, Senator Babajide Omoworare has commiserated with the family, the people of the Osun State and the entire nation on the demise a serving Senator.

Senator Omoworare described the first Executive Governor of Osun State as a relentless philanthropist and grassroots politician who committed his resources to the development of his community.

Omoworare described the death of Senator Adeleke as disheartening at the time when his service and experiences were most needed.

“I am still in shock and yet to come to terms with the reality that a man bubbling with life and discharging his duties as a Senator efficiently is dead.

“Senator Adeleke was a quintessential politician with a good heart whose departure leaves a huge vacuum difficult to fill.

“In the midst of our collective grief, we are however consoled by the quality of life he lived and it would take a long time for the inevitability of his absence to dawn on all who have had the good fortune to encounter him.

“The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, particularly the 8th Senate will miss his quality contributions and statesmanship.”

The Senator also extended his condolences to the leadership and members of the All Progressive Congress in Nigeria and the good people of the state that he served meritoriously.

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