By Bayo Bernard
Senator Isiaka Adeleke loomed large in the politics of Osun state while he was alive , but in death the one popular as Sherubawon continues to upset the apple’s cart in Osun state politics, despite the face efforts by the state government to unravel the cause of his death.
The inquiry has now opened up more posers than it was initially envisaged by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola Administration, which the magazine learned is already weighing the option of suspending the panel of Enquiry set up by the government to investigate the death of the first democratically elected governor of the state.
Following his death there were suggestions that the senator was murdered by those trying to prevent him from succeeding the incumbent. While the state government denied having anything to do with his death his followers appear not satisfied.
To however douse the tension, Governor Aregbesola had instituted a coronal inquiry headed by the Chief Magistrate of the state, Magistrate Olusegun Ayodele Ayilara to investigate the issue.
But as it appears though, the inquiry has now raised more dust. During its sitting on May 14 two prominent politician in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC gave conflicting testimony on the very last event that the senator attended before his death.
There were suggestions that the former governor died of drug overdose, while some insist that he may have died of food poison at a party he attended just before he passed on.
The party was organized by the Osun West Senatorial Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Yinusa Amobi. The APC leader has been on the spot since the senator died.
His chance to clear his name however, came during the coronal sitting, where he was to testify alongside Mrs Grace Titi-Laoye Tomori, the state’s Deputy Governor.
Tomori had told the panel that the late senator ate at the party, claim that was vehemently denied by the APC chieftain. Their testimonies had set the Osogbo venue of the coronal agog, leaving the public confused on whom to believe.
Amodi had testified that: ““Senator Adeleke arrived my party around 4:30pm in the company of 20 to 30 political allies and was served food but the senator didn’t eat because it was poundo yam we made and he preferred semolina. Although he was offered some fish, he didn’t eat that too.
“He also drank the drink he bought which was Remy Martins. Although his friends mixed the drink with coca-cola, late senator Adeleke drank his undiluted. Later the deputy governor, Mrs Grace Titilayo Tomori came and they both sat together before she eventually left the party too.
“Afterwards, I and the late Senator danced before he left around 5:30pm to Engineer Lasun Olaniyi daughter’s wedding at Iwo. That is all I know about his movement on that day.”
There are suggestions in some quarters that those that allegedly killed the senator are trying to blame the APC chieftain for his death. More so when it’s widely believed that some vested interest in the state orchestrated his death to prevent him from contesting next year governorship election.
There was even more confusion to the matter after the chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Professor Akeem Lasisi, told the panel that the politician died of drug overdose.
According to the LAUTECH CMD, Adeleke was injected with Analgin, which had been outlawed when the late Prof Dora Akunyili was the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
The conflicting testimonies coming from state’s officials, has become so worrisome, particularly to the people of the state so much so that tongues are now wagging on what actually killed Senator Adeleke.
As a result, the magazine was informed by sources in Aregbesola’s government that the administration is highly worried at the turn of event at the coronal. The state’s officials who spoke in condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, said the panel may be forced to abandon its work midway to stop it from further embarrassing the government.