The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with the family of the first executive governor of Osun State, Senator isiaka Adeleke on the passing of the colourful politician, on Sunday.
Senator Adeleke, until his death was the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator representing Osun West Senatorial district in the National Assembly. He was aged 62 years.
Dr Fayemi in a condolence message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the news of the death of the former Governor as shocking and saddening.
Fayemi described the late Senator Adeleke as a highly resourceful and colourful politician; a grassroots mobiliser who related well with both the low and the mighty.
“Senator Adeleke’s death is both shocking and saddening. He was a leader who was well loved and respected by his people, because he was ever in touch with them and identified with their aspirations, Fayemi said.
“In spite of his privileged background, Senator Adeleke made the masses the focus of his political activities, through which he earned their admiration and massive support. Through this he taught a lesson in political tolerance and in putting the people first.
“Nigeria has indeed lost a star, a committed patriot and strategic team player in the Nigerian project.
“Only God knows why he had to go at this time and we can only submit to God’s will and appreciate him for the good life Senator Adeleke lived, even as we pray that God grants his soul eternal rest and his family, the fortitude to bear the loss.”, the statement added.