…accuses late politician’s brother of using his death to manipulate the minds of voters
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Wednesday said he did not at anytime seek financial assistance from the Adelekes to help bail the state out of its current financial crisis as claimed by the late Senator’s family and supporters.
The governor noted that the family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has been using his death to manipulate the minds of Ede residents.
Aregbesola explained that since the death of the former Osun State governor in April, many lies and fabrications had emanated from his family and some of his loyalists.
He said the younger brother to the late politician, Dr. Deji Adeleke reportedly claimed he lent the Aregbesola administration the money to pay workers’ salaries.
Aregbesola also said it was unthinkable that the Adeleke family claimed that he begged the late Senator to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor spoke in Ede when he led the campaign train of Senator Mudashir Husain to the town ahead of Saturday’s senatorial by-election.
Ede is the home town of the late Adeleke.
The governor and the Timi of Ede, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal, called for peace before, during and after the election.
They said the poll should not cause a crisis among the people.
Aregbesola recalled that the APC did its best for the late former governor when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) maltreated him.
The governor said it was the late Adeleke who voluntarily joined the APC because of the treatment he got in the PDP.
On the purported claim that the Adeleke family helped his re-election, the governor said he never collected a kobo them.
In his words: “Deji Adeleke does not have the financial capacity to bail Osun out of its financial challenges, even before now; let alone lending us money to pay workers’ salaries. If anything at all, it is their family that sought and got favours from the Osun State government under my watch. It is to the glory of God that they got the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of their university from our government. Why didn’t those who are their new friends give them C of O of that university?”
TheNewsGuru.com reports that INEC had fixed July 8 for the bye-election following the death of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, representing Osun West, on April 23.