By Teddy Nwanunobi
Abuja (Sundiata Post) — President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Osun State Government and members of the National Assembly on the passing away of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who died on Sunday.
Buhari sent his condolences to the family and friends of the gentle and kind hearted former Governor of Osun State, who had passionately and relentlessly championed the cause of the less privileged and most vulnerable in Nigeria.
“The President believes the sudden loss of the legislator will create a gap in the hallowed red chamber as Adeleke had always epitomized unbridled patriotism, maturity and experience, especially with his recent interest in the protection of whistle blowers.
“President Buhari affirms that Adeleke’s contribution to his state, as first elected governor, and the country will always be remembered by posterity.
“He prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, and comfort the family,” he said in a terse statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina.
In his condolence message, the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, described the death of the two-term serving senator as a development he described as a sad personal loss.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Adeleke — the first elected Governor of Osun State — as an important figure in the Eighth Senate.
“My heart goes out to the family of Senator Adeleke, and the people of the great State of Osun,” Saraki said, “Adeleke was a leader in every right, a formidable colleague, patriotic statesman, good family man and complete gentleman whose contributions to the development of the of Osun State in particular and the nation in general will never be forgotten.”
The Senate President went on to eulogize Adeleke, who served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market as a consummate reformer, courageous public servant and grassroots politician whose love for his people and commitment to national service remains unparalleled.
“From his track-record as a second term Senator, it is clear that Adeleke was a man who his people trusted to carry out their mandate in the Senate,” he said, “He was always passionate about his work in the legislature, and showed competence, dedication and an ability to work with everyone to bring about the greater good. He will be sorely missed,” he said.
He commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, the larger Adeleke family, Osun West Senatorial District, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the entire people of the State of Osun, the Vice Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Capital Market, the Senate, and indeed, the 8th National Assembly.
Saraki prayed to Almighty Allah to grant Adeleke a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah firdaus.
Similarly, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed shock and deep sense of loss over the death of the senator representing Osun West Senatorial District.
Ekweremadu, who described the deceased as a perfect gentleman and patriot, noted that the incident was a grave loss, not only to the Senate and the good people of Osun State, but also the entire nation.
“I am in rude shock over this sad development. It is like a rainstorm at the height of dry season.
“Distinguished Adeleke was a brother and friend. He was cosmopolitan in nature and started his education in Enugu, my State. This nature showed in his broadminded approach to debates and national issues, which stood him out as a statesman and pan-Nigerian.
“With him as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I found a willing partner, as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in the 6thSenate in our collective effort to better the nation’s electoral system. He will be remembered for the gains of those reforms as witnessed in the 2011 and 2015 general elections,” he said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu.
Ekweremadu condoled with the family of the late senator as well as the government and people of Osun State.
He also prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed.
Also, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said that it has received the news of the death of the first civilian governor of Osun State and APC senator representing Osun West Senatorial Zone with shock and grief.
The Party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, expressed deep sympathies to the immediate family, people and government of Osun State over late Adeleke’s death.
“The late two-time senator, who served in the present 8th Senate as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market was a detrabalised Nigerian, he was a democrat, an astute grassroots politician and philanthropist who distinguished himself in all positions of service he occupied.
“The history of Osun State would be incomplete without copious reference to late Adeleke’s contributions to the State’s social, political and economic development as its first elected Governor.
“The Party recall with pride that the establishment of a polytechnic at Iree, a College of Technology at Esa-Oke and the completion of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) are some of the notable legacies the late Adeleke’s administration bequeathed during his short stint as governor of the then newly-created Osun State.
“He was exemplary as Chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria as well as in several strategic Senate committees, viz: Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Integration and Cooperation, Housing and Air Force where he served as member. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the late Adeleke’s efforts at electoral reforms are noteworthy.
“With the death of Senator Adeleke, Nigeria has indeed lost an illustrious son whose wealth of experience was still needed as the present APC-led administration works to restore the country to path of progress.
“The Party is however consoled by the fact that the late Adeleke lived an accomplished and impactful life. May the Almighty God give the late Adeleke eternal rest and the family, the strength to bear the great loss,” it said.
In his message of condolence, former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described Adeleke’s death as sudden, shocking and sad.
“I received the news of Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s death with numbing shock. It was too much to bear coming barely a day after that of Dipo Famakinwa. The news of his death was both sudden and saddening for me and I am sure for most members of our political family.
“Senator Adeleke was a grassroots politician with a rich political background. He was hugely popular in his Osun State, particularly in the three local governments in Ede, his hometown. He was a major leader of our party, the APC. His leadership and good counsel were still very much required when death came.
“The late senator and I shared mutual respect and affection. My path and his first crossed during the aborted Third Repubic, in the 1992/93 era, when we both belonged in the defunct Social Democratic Party. He was in the Peoples Democratic Party at the rebirth of democratic dispensation in 1999 but he later joined us in the APC in the build-up to the 2015 election.
“We would always remember him as that charismatic first civilian governor of Osun State who left behind a legacy in the area of education by establishing Ire Polytechnic and College of Education, Esa-Oke, among other laudable things he did during his time.
“Adeleke was with us in Lagos during the colloquium marking my 65thbirthday. He also joined us for the inauguration of Aboru-Abesan Link Bridge and adjoining roads constructed by Governor Ambode and opened as part of my 65thbirthday anniversary.
“I commiserate with his wife and children. I commiserate with the entire Adeleke family and his friends and numerous supporters. My heart also goes out to his brother, Dr. Deji Adeleke. I mourn with Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the people of Osun State over this unfortunate occurrence.
“I pray that they all have the strength to withstand this loss. I also pray for the repose of Adeleke’s soul,” Tinubu said.
Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna) simply wrote on his Facebook wall: “Senator Isiaka Adeleke;a calm,principled and responsible gentleman.He represented his people with maturity,dignity and distinction.Adieu.”