Sunday, April 23, 2017 8:26 pm
Former Lagos State Gov. Bola Tinubu, has described late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, as a grassroots politician with rich political background.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader in a condolence message issued on Sunday in Lagos, said that the leadership and good counsel of Adeleke were still very much required when death came.
Adeleke, 62, also a former governor of Osun, died in the early hours of Sunday at a private hospital in Osogbo.
“I received the news of Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s death with 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.
“Sen. Adeleke was a grassroots politician with a rich political background. He was hugely popular in his Osun, 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 Republic, in the 1992/93 era, when we both belonged to the defunct Social Democratic Party.
He was in the Peoples Democratic Party at the rebirth of the democratic dispensation in 1999, but he later joined us in the APC in the build-up to the 2015 election, ” he said.
According to Tinubu, he left behind a legacy in the area of education by establishing Ire Polytechnic and College of Education, Esa-Oke, among other laudable things during his time.
“Adeleke was with us in Lagos during the colloquium marking my 65th birthday. He also joined us for the inauguration of Aboru-Abesan Link Bridge and adjoining roads constructed by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
“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 Gov. Rauf Aregbesola and the people of Osun 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.