|The Apesin-Ola of Erin Osun, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun & the Aare Akayejo of Erin Osun, Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke Serubawon|
Eminent Iwo Osun State (South West Nigeria)born Politician and elder statesman, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun has reacted to the sudden death of his bosom friend of many years, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke aka Serubawon which sad event took place in the early hours of Sunday, April, 23rd at Biket Hopital, Ede.
Speaking exclusively to Asabeafrika yesterday from his Iwo country home, Chief Ogundokun a former National Secretary of the defunct NPN party under President Shehu Shagari and publisher of Conscience International Magazine described the sudden death of Senator Adeleke aka “De Gov” as a big human loss to Osun State, Nigeria and particularly Ede and Iwo towns.
Ogundokun who is the Otun Balogun Musulumi of Iwo Kingdom and Apesin Ola of Erin-Osun land traced his relationship with Senator Isiaka Adeleke to several years back when his bosom friend, Chief SOB Babalola brought him to Iwo for political endorsement and support. Ogundokun noted with passion, that he singularly made efforts to ensure that Adeleke who was in the opposition SDP (Ogundokun was under late Chief Kusamotu’s NRC) got massive support in Iwo which later culminated in his winning and becoming the first civilian governor of Osun State.
|The Balogun Musulumi of Iwo land, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun|
Frowning at the public held perception that Adeleke was poisoned during a wedding outing in Iwo town on Saturday, April 22 which led to his death early Sunday morning, Ogundokun, a veteran Iwo indigene quickly knocked down the impression “Iwo cannot be held responsible for Serubawon’s death because we are brothers. Both Iwo and Ede are brotherly towns. Iwo is the biggest and most loyal supporter of Ede. We have always supported Ede in their political decisions for a long time and I think it is the most absurd joke of the century to say, he was poisoned in Iwo. I was not at the event but the person he came to celebrate with in Iwo is his protégé and he was not the only guest at the event”
Chief Ogundokun narrated how providence brought him and the late Senator together in 1992 “It was my friend, Chief SOB Babalola who is equally an indigene of Ede that introduced him to me. He was SOB Babalola’s protégé and Babalola wanted me to help him. You know Ede is a very peaceful town, and Iwo is like the nerve center because Iwo is the Senatorial Headquarter of the 10 LGAs in the zone and we are the biggest in terms of population. Of course, I have been taking decision here (Iwo) in the last 50 years. So, we see Ede as our brother. That is why you always hear in the Yoruba maxim that ‘Oye to kan ara Iwo, on bo wa kan ara ede’ (A title that is given to an Iwo indigene could still be given to an Ede indigene) and that was how I helped him and he became the first civilian Governor of Osun State and to the glory of God he performed well”.
|Chief Abiola Ogundokun & Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke Serubawon|
“In 2007, I equally played a role in him becoming a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when I physically went to the Government House and practically took the senatorial slot from Senator Akinlabi and gave to Adeleke. I did it right in the government’s house, Oshogbo and Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola even thanked me for it. So, he has always been a part of me and for him to just pass away just like that, I feel very, very sad”
Four weeks ago, Chief Ogundokun was said to have granted a television interview in Osun State where he kicked against Serubawon’s ambition to contest again as a governor. The elder statesman confirmed it to Asabeafrika “Yes, I actually granted the interview and my point is clear, I said he has done well as a Governor and as a three term senator, what is he going to look for again in the government house? I felt he was better as an elder statesman and that was my honest opinion about his ambition to rule again. Because he is a very, very gifted politician and he will do well in giving direction to the state as a statesman rather than going there to start all over again. I saw no need for him going back again and that was my honest belief. Even at that, he was still free to test his popularity and win”
On the infamous impression that the late Osun gubernatorial candidate died as a result of a piece of meat he ate during his last outing at Iwo during a wedding ceremony, Ogundokun kicked against such a thought. “That is a sad opinion because people know us to be hospitable and tolerant” Ogundokun noted.
The former Tactical Chairman of the PDP Electoral Committee in Osun State under Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s regime continued “I think we will need a post mortem to ascertain the cause of his death. The doctor who took care of him must be able to give an accurate report on what illness he was treated for. The Doctor must have record of the illness he suffered from and with that, we can all get civilized about what caused his death”.
|The Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke with late Ooni of Ife HRM, Oba (Dr.) Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II|
Ogundokun getting very uneasy with the allegation of poison went ahead to lay curses on any one that could be responsible for such a sinister motive “Gbenga, I am not saying politics is not dirty. Yes, if by chance, somebody is responsible for his death, God will destroy that person. It will be unkind, ungodly, it is mad for anybody to wish Serubawon dead. If there is anyone like that, God will destroy that person both in living and in death. Because, if you are talking about each Local Governments in Osun State, if you are to count each Local Government Areas in this state or under the Osun West Senatorial zone, Adeleke is one among equal. He is a rare breed and I can tell you right away that we have lost somebody who is very, very important to our area and especially to Iwo. If anybody has hand in his death, God will take care of that person quickly. I wish Adeleke a peaceful rest”
|The Friendship of Ogundokun and Adeleke was great|
On the beating of Honorable Idiat Babalola by Ede Youths
|Late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke (Serubawon) and Aare Akayejo of Erin-Osun land|
On the Monday April 24th beating of one of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s aides, Honorable Idiat Babalola by irate Ede youths protesting the death of their benefactor Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Chief Abiola Ogundokun thanked Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for rescuing Honorable Idiat from being lynched by the youths. The angry youths alleged that their benefactor who is presently contesting for Governorship of the state in 2018 was poisoned by the powers that be in Osun State in order to pave way for their own candidate come 2018. Ogundokun has this to say “I will only say the youths didn’t know the history of the man Adeleke. Idiat is from Ede, her dad is my very good friend, Chief SOB Babalola who brought Isiaka Adeleke to me in 1992. So, Isiaka Adeleke’s political god father is Chief SOB Babalola. So, why do you want to kill his daughter? That was a wrong behavior. SOB Babalola gave Isiaka Adeleke his first break in politics and if Governor Aregbesola now decides to appoint his daughter as a commissioner, does that translate to being an enemy?”
So, what is Chief Ogundokun’s perception about Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke who appears to be the most popular candidate in the incoming election? “Aregbesola respects elders and he knows what it means to be humble”. Ogundokun started. He cleared his throat and continued “I don’t think he has any intention to succeed himself. Since I have grown to know this state, I have never seen any governor who has worked the way Governor Aregbesola worked. I give kudos to him for the great transformation he brought to Osun State, he is brilliant, innovative, humble and a lover of development. What will he gain in taking another man’s life? Nothing. Like I said, he is almost done and let me tell you, Osun State is not like any other state, Here, we don’t do deal with faces, we are independent minded and once you have the credentials to rule, we vote for you”.
|Chief Abiola Ogundokun with former Oyo SSG, Chief Olakojo|
“Last year when I built a brand new secretariat for Iwo Local Government, I invited the governor to come and launch it. His schedule was very tight, I knew he couldn’t make it. But I put a call to him and I threatened him that ‘if you are not coming, then, let’s forget it’ and to my great surprise, he came and launched the project. He came with aides, beating a terrible traffic on the road and damning all consequences to honor me here in Iwo. With such a gesture, what opinion do you think I have of Aregbesola? In fact, what he said about me that day alone was enough. In my 50 years of doing politics, I think I felt very fulfilled that day. So, I respect his passion for development. My take on the issue of allegation or no allegation is simple, let the doctors conduct a post-mortem on Senator Adeleke and let the world have the result of the ailment that led to his death”
Sometimes in the early part of year 2006, the 80 years old Chief Abiola Ogundokun and the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke were both crowned at a Erin-Osun, a popular town in between Oyo and Osun State. On that day, and at that auspicious event, which was well attended by several traditional rulers from the South Western part of Nigeria including the late Ooni Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II, the then serving Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola joined both Chief Ogundokun and Senator Isiaka Adeleke as they were both crowned as Apesin-Ola and Aare Akayejo of Erin Osun land by the Elerin of Erin Osun, His Royal Majesty Oba Yusuf Omoloye (Oyagbodun II) who was celebrating his 30th anniversary on the throne.
|The Elerin of Erin Osun with late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II|
|Late Serubawon & Oyinlola in a tete-a-tete|
|Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke & ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola|
|The Banner of the Event|
|Chief Ogundokun and late Senator Isiaka Adeleke welcomes Governor Oyinlola to the ceremony|
|High Chief Abiola Ogundokun surrounded by Erin Oshun women|
|The Oloogi came for Serubawon & Ogundokun's coronation|
|The Oluwo Oke followed Chief Ogundokun to Erin Osun|
|The Alaho came all the way from Kwara|
|The Afaaji was never missing|
|The Akirun of Oshun was equally there|
|The Orangun's Car|
|The Orangun's Car|
|The Ooni of Ife's Car|
|One of Senator Isiaka Adeleke's escort car damaged by one of his drivers after the event|
|The Apesin-Ola & Aare Akayejo with junior chiefs|
|The Apesin-Ola & The Aare Akayejo endorses another Chief in a lower cadre|
|High Chief Abiola Ogundokun....Apesin-Ola of Erin-Osun land|
|Chief Ogundokun & a Friend|
|The Apesin-Ola shows his friend, Akayejo some new paths to Politics|
|High Chief Abiola Ogundokun....The Apesin-Ola of Erin Osun Land|
|Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke...The Akeyejo of Erin Oshun Land|
Other eminent politicians like then Oyo SSG, Chief Olakojo, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief Gani Adams, General Raji Alagbe Rasaki, Honorable Kayode Samuel (Then Ogun State Commissioner for Strategy) and many important guests graced the 2016 event. It was Chief Abiola Ogundokun and Senator Isiaka Adeleke who arrived the venue in same car and same attire. However, today, death has done the two bosom friends apart.