OSUN State governor, Rauf Aregebesola’s said the unruly behaviour of the mob denied the late Adeleke of a state burial befitting him as a former governor of the state.
Aregbesola saod this through his spokesman, Semiu Okanlawon, who denied any political rift between his boss and Adeleke as being speculated, said despite the short notice of the funeral being an Islamic one, the state government had prepared to dignify it as a state burial in view of Adeleke’s status as an ex-governor.
“The Deputy Governor was leading a government delegation to the funeral, they were already on their way, when the report of violence came…We don’t think that would be the best way to honour Senator Adeleke, who was known to be a man of peace.”
On Governor Aregbesola’s opposition to Adeleke’s come-back bid, Okanlawon said: “The tribute of the governor to the late Senator has taken care of it all. There was no rift whatsoever. It was an unfounded rumour. As Governor Aregbesola said he worked for the governor’s reelection and the governor worked for his election into the Senate in 2014…. Yes, there would always be power blocs, but the fact is they were in the same party and would always work for the interest of their party. In any case, he was entitled to vie for the governorship and Aregbesola is not seeking reelection. So, how could there be friction?”