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Protest, controversies, tears greet Adeleke’s death and burial

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Angry supporters and beneficiaries of his philanthropic gesture, Encomium Weekly gathered, are yet to come to terms with the allegation of overdose of medication as they’re still insisting that their benefactor was poisoned at his last social outing in Kuta, Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, where he was said to have eaten a piece of meat. The youth claimed that some APC leaders were  behind his death in order to brighten the chances of an anointed candidate by Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who they reportedly said would pick Idiat Babalola, a commissioner nominee from Ede, same town with the deceased politician as running mate in the November 2018 governorship race. This, however, led to the attack on the female politician on Monday, April 24, 2017, during Adeleke’s burial in his residence in Ede, Osun State.

The youth, Encomium Weekly learnt, demanded that Babalola be sent out of the venue or they would force her out. But as she was said to have been reluctant to the demand of the angry youth, they started booing her, throwing stones and sticks at her. The angry mud eventually collapsed the canopy under which dignitaries at the burial were all seated. It, however, took the intervention of Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who shielded Babalola from being attacked by the furious crowd, who insisted that the female politician had a hand in Adeleke’s death allegedly because of her inordinate political ambition.

Babalola, whose headscarf has been removed by the chaotic youth, was eventually taken outside the gate and ferried out of the venue by a waiting vehicle.

Meanwhile, since the news of the death of the influential politician broke on Sunday, April 23, 2017, some youth from his home town, Ede, Osun State, had taken to the streets protesting and demanding the cause of the death of the man who had transformed his community and empowered his people, especially when he was the governor of the state.

The protesting youth, Encomium Weekly gathered, vandalized cars and barricaded Ede-Osogbo road chanting abusive songs against the sitting governor, Aregbesola and his Deputy, Titi Laoye-Tomori, alleging they conspired to kill the popular senator representing Osun West till he breathed his last on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Meanwhile, before the burial, the angry youth were said to have written the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, to warn Governor Aregbesola and his Deputy, Laoye-Tomori and some other APC leaders in the state not to attend the burial of the deceased politician which held in his country home on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 62. The threat was said to have accounted for the reason the governor and his deputy were conspicuously absent at the burial.

However, Aregbesola has declared three-day mourning commencing from Monday, April 24 ending on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

At around 11 am, Adeleke’s body which was wrapped and tied in a white shroud was lowered into the grave beside the mosque in his compound. The funeral was officiated by the Chief Imam of Ede land, Alhaji Moshood Akejewole. Another Islamic cleric present at the burial was the Chief Imam of Ansar-Ur-Deen Mosque, Ede, Alhaji Ibrahim Adekilekun, who gave the sermon in honour of the deceased. He urged the people of the state not to blame the death of Adekele on anybody, saying it’s an act of Allah.

Among the dignitaries at the occasion were Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, his Ondo and Ekiti counterparts, Rotimi Akeredolu and Ayodele Fayose, former Osun governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and others.

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