Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has knocked family members of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke for, according to him, using the death of the late politician to manipulate the minds of Ede people.He spoke on Wednesday at a rally for candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), for the Osun West Senatorial July 8 by-election, Senator Mudashir Hussain in Ede.
Aregbesola lamented that among the lies being peddled against him and his government include a claim by younger brother of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke, that he lent Osun government money to pay workers salaries.
He stated that it was also unthinkable that the Adeleke family would claim that Aregbesola begged Senator Adeleke to join APC.
The governor explained that APC did the best it could for Isiaka Adeleke, when his former party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) denied him Senatorial ticket.
Aregbesola noted that it was the late senator who came to APC uninvited because of the treatment he received in the PDP.
On claim that the Adeleke family helped his re-election, the Governor said he never collected a Kobo from the younger brother of the late Senator, Dr. Deji Adeleke or any of the Adelekes.
His words: “Deji Adeleke does not have the financial capacity to bail out Osun from its financial challenges even before now, not to talk about 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 of their university from our government. Why didn’t those who are their new friends give them C of O of that university?
“If Deji Adeleke has so much money, why is he begging me to waive the payable tax of his university? Why cant he just pay?
“I am bold enough to say this over and over again, because I have never sought for assistance from any of the Adeleke’s family even during the life time of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, nothing as such occurred.
“Though my relationship with late Adeleke was cordial and beyond politics because we have known each other even before Osun politics because our residences are adjacent to each other in Lagos state.
“He was a good brother and a friend to me while alive, but during this dire economic period, I never approach him for any financial assistance not to talk of obtaining cash from his brother.”