Members of the House of Representatives paid tribute to the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke on Tuesday moments before they ended plenary in honour of the deceased.
The House had just resumed from the Easter break, but had to quickly adjourn again as a mark of respect for the senator. Members spoke well of him as a politician of repute.
Deputy Speaker, Yusuff Lasun, leading the tributes, disclosed how Adeleke visited his father (Lasun’s) 48 hours before his death.
Lasun, who is from Osun State, also recalled how he (Lasun) and Adeleke were warned a few months back by the All Progressives Congress in the state to desist from campaigning for the 2018 governorship poll.
Lasun, like Adeleke, had long signified his intention to contest the governorship poll. He added that Adeleke’s visit to his father, despite knowing that he (Lasun) was in the race, portrayed the late politician’s brand of politics without bitterness.
“Adeleke was probably the first known Nigerian, who was the son of a senator and became a governor at the age of 37 in Osun. Egbon was a fantastic and flamboyant politician,” Lasun added.
Another member of the House from Osun State, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, had formally informed the House of Adeleke’s death, after getting the approval of the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
He described Adeleke as “a political icon of no mean repute.”
The Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, also extolled the good deeds of Adeleke, particularly as a former governor.
“He was a complete gentleman; a very proactive politician. He left a vacuum that the people of Osun will work so hard to fill,” Ado-Doguwa said.
Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Mrs. Nkiruka Onyejeocha, praised Adeleke for being a father to all.
She recalled how she did her National Youth Service Corps in Osun State when Adeleke was the governor.
Others who spoke included the Chairman, House Committee on Capital Market and other Institutions, Tajudeen Yusuf; and Johnson Agbonayinma.
The House later prayed for the repose of his soul. The prayers were led by Mohammed Monguno and the Deputy Whip of the House, Pally Iriase.
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