– Isiaka Adeleke, a senator from Osun state, last attended the burial ceremony of a chieftain of the APC before his death
– While at the venue of the event, the state’s deputy governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori, said he ate rice without meat
Senator Isiaka Adeleke ate rice served in open plate with no fish or meat, hours before his last breath, the deputy governor of Osun state, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, has said.
Testifying before the Olusegun Ayilara-led coroner set up to investigate the death of the Senator, Laoye-Tomori said Adeleke hesitated before he ate the food.
Voice of Ndigbo learnt that the food was served him at the funeral ceremony of the grandmother of Amobi Akintola, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun West senatorial district. Senator Adeleke reportedly died hours after eating the food.
The deputy governor was present at the event held in Kuta, Osun state on April 22 and sat beside the late senator at the event.
Laoye-Tomori said: “A woman brought a plate of rice. There was fried rice, a mixture of ‘jollof’ and white rice. There was no protein in it, that is, there was neither meat nor fish and the food was not covered.
“I was wondering why a man of his status would be served food not covered but I don’t know whether he was already eating the food before I arrived there or not.
“The senator was using his spoon to turn the rice and he was hesitant to eat it. “I said jokingly: ‘ Your Excellency, why don’t you ask them to take the food away if you don’t want to eat it?’
“And he said: ‘Se tori wipe kosi eran lori e? (Is it because there is no meat on it?)’. “He said that a woman brought a bowl of fish but these people you are seeing ate everything and left nothing for me.
“He then took his fork and stretched his hand to take a piece of fried fish from someone sitting close to him but his fork couldn’t pick it because the fish was fried.
“He took just three spoons and pushed the food aside. He was full of life and was cracking jokes.
A gentleman sitting on his right side brought out a drink from his pouch.”
Amobi Akintola had earlier cleared the air saying the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke did not eat any food at the burial of his grandmother, Late Bilikisu Salimonu, on Saturday, April 22.
There had been rumours that the late senator was poisioned at the event, prompting some people to accuse Akintola of complicity in the senator’s death.