Sunday 7 May 2017

Osun 2018: Adeleke’s Death Scuttles Aggrieved APC Leaders’ Permutation

Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s death may be described as one death too many for some aggrieved leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had begun move to resist a purported plan by Governor Rauf Aregbesola to impose candidate on the party for the 2018 governorship election.

Findings by CityMirrorNews showed that Adeleke, who was representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate was the adopted governorship aspirant for the aggrieved APC leaders and they had sealed agreement of their support for his ambition.

The medium learnt that the APC leaders had suggested defection from the APC to Accord Party alongside some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state if Aregbesola eventually succeeded in imposing candidate.

But Adeleke, according to sources, rejected the suggestion on the ground that he would not leave the APC whatever the case might be.

According to sources, the coordinator of the aggrieved APC leaders, Alhaji Fatai Diekola who had recently stirred the hornet’s nest by saying that he and some other members of ‘liberation front’ would resist any imposition attempt on the 2018 governorship election and send Aregbesola back to Lagos.

CityMirrorNews learnt that Adeleke’s choice was borne of the fact that the zoning arrangement for the governorship ticket favoured him and that he had the financial muscles, political clout and structure to engage Aregbesola.

It is believed that Osun West Senatorial District should produce the next governor of the state, being the only zone that has not had governor or deputy governor since 1999.

The medium gathered that regular meeting had been going on between Adeleke and the APC leaders on the permutations for the 2018 with some elective and appointive position being negotiated for some key players in their political game.

CityMirrorNews learnt that Mrs Nike Omoworare had been temporarily chosen as running mate to Adeleke. Mrs Omoworare’s choice was to represent the Ife’s interest.

A source said a final meeting was to be held on Mrs Omoworare’s choice before Adeleke gave up the ghost on Sunday April 21.

It was also gathered that Adeleke’s team was contemplating on a former commissioner in the Aregbesola’s first term from Osun Central Senatorial District as Chief of Staff or Secretary to the State Government.

The sources confided in CityMirrorNews that the said commissioner had initially been fielded as running mate before the slot was zoned to Osun East and Ife in particular.

The medium learnt that Adeleke’s team was to meet on Monday, April 22 before the Senator died a day earlier.

Findings revealed that Adeleke’s team and supporters started the insinuation that Adeleke was killed because of his governorship ambition.

Meanwhile, The family of late Senator Adetunji Adeleke has rejected the setting up of Coroner inquest into the death of their son by the state Government.

The family said the result of the coroner inquest was already predetermined by the Government.

Addressing newsmen in Ede, the deceased immediate younger brother, Dr Deji Adeleke said the state government decision was an attempt to serve political interest.

Adeleke said the state Government should explain to the people why it is in her hurry to order the inquest when the report of autopsy ordered by the Adeleke Family is yet to be delivered.

According to him, the family has resolved not to participate nor cooperate with the panel which he said was clearly set up to establish it’s own self serving facts.

Adeleke warned the medical team conducting the autopsy not to release the result to anyone except the family to avoid sanctions of the law.

While condemning the continued politicization of the death of the late Senator, Adeleke urged people of the State to discountenance the inquest into their brothers death.

(Culled from CityMirror Online News)

In swift development the Osun state government has said that the

Inquest is a government step that is thr most acceptable standard in civilized societies.

The Osun government release reads:

The attention of the Government of the State of Osun has been drawn to a press conference purportedly held by the family of first civilian governor of our state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke where it rejected the Coroners Inquest instituted by the Government into the unfortunate and sudden death of our beloved former Governor.

This is rather unfortunate.
As a government the step that has been taken is the most responsible and the most acceptable standard in any civilized society.

The decision to institute an inquest into this sudden death was not to please or satisfy anyone at all. It was set up for the good of the society. And to the extent that this was set up not to please anyone but for the good of our society.

We are all bereaved and mourning with the unfortunate death of one of our illustrious sons and most importantly a former Governor of our dear state.

It would not be in the best interests and Honour of the departed soul for the government to engage the family on a matter of this nature.
It is therefore trite to state that the Adeleke Family has right to all the choices open to them just as we are sure this is a matter that is already in the court of public opinion.

Semiu Okanlawon
Bureau of Communication & Strategy
Office of the Governor
Sunday May 7 2017

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