Adeleke didn’t eat at my party, APC leader tells coroner

Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun West Senatorial District, Mr Amonbi Akintola, who the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke attended his mother’s burial on April 22 before his demise on the April 23, has stated that “the late senator was invited for my mother’s burial ceremony and he promised to grace the occasion, which he did on the 22nd of April.

“He got to my party at about 4.30 p.m. with political allies and he demanded for food. Unfortunately, we prepared poundo yam contrary to his favourite; this made him not to eat the food ordered.

“Also, he ordered for fish which he also put aside because it was not warm. Senator Adeleke did not eat anything at the party; he only drank Remy Martins wine with some of his political allies. He ordered one of his aides to bring it from his vehicle.

“Not too long, the Osun State deputy governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori arrived at the party, she sat beside him and we danced and he sprayed me money.”

In her testimony, Laoye-Tomori tendered her manifest of April 22 as exhibit before the panel.

The deputy governor, who arrived the venue of the coroner inquest, located in one of the court rooms of Osun State High Court in Osogbo at 10.40 a.m., tendered her manifest of 22nd of April, 2017 as exhibit before the panel.

She explained that she decided to waive her immunity by appearing personally before the coroner, considering the critical nature of the probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of Adeleke.

Others who gave evidence before the coroner included the Chief  Medical Director (CMD) of LAUTECH teaching Hospital, Professor Akeem Lasisi; CMD Biket Hospital, Dr Adebisi Adenle; Osun West Senatorial chairman of the APC,  Mr Amonbi Akintola and the executive secretary of Ede South Local Government Area of the state, Mr Johnson Ojo.

Giving his evidence before the coroner, the CMD of Biket Hospital, Dr Adenle said “he (Adeleke) was lifeless when he was brought to my hospital. I don’t know the cause of his death, but what I gave is the evidence of clinical death and the cause of his death can only be speculated until the result of autopsy is out.”

The family of late Senator Adeleke, on Monday, for the second time, shunned the sitting of the coroner’s inquest into the politician’s death.

The coroner, a Chief Magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara, after the witnesses had given evidence, adjourned the sitting till May 16 for further taking of evidence, just as he ordered the summon of Lasun Olaniyi, Lukman Oni and Alfred Aderibigbe.

It will be recalled that family of late Adeleke had shunned the coroner’s inquest, which began its sitting last Wednesday, as none of his family members honoured the summon to appear before the panel.

The development came against the backdrop of the family’s rejection of the coroner inquest ordered by Aregbesola into the death of Adeleke.

Adeleke’s immediate younger brother, Dr Deji Adeleke, who is also the spokesperson for the family, had, at a recent press conference in Ede, chided the state government for ordering coroner’s inquest, saying the report of the coroner had been predetermined.