The pioneer Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has been described as an embodiment of humility, perseverance and political integrity.
This was contained in a goodwill message delivered by the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, at the occasion of 60th birthday anniversary of the senator at his Ede country home on January 15.
Lawal, said Adeleke’s love for Edeland is unsurpassed, as he has given so much to the community since he arrived the political scene in 1992, affirming that, this was evidenced in the establishment of Adeleke University by his dynasty, among other developmental efforts that had improved the lot of the people of Edeland.
In his own goodwill message, Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, enjoined politicians to shun bickering, politics of bitterness and character assassinations but always focus on developmental projects that will benefit the electorate as it was the practice with Adeleke.
In his own remark, Senator Mudasiru Hussen and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Nojeem Salami, said they have learnt a lot from Adeleke’s virtue of humility, perseverance and political integrity.
Hussain remarked that despite the fact that Adeleke lost out to him in Osun West senatorial contest of 2011, he (Adeleke) was the first to write him a letter of congratulations, which jolted him and made him to regard him as a God-fearing, simple-minded and honest politician of no mean repute.
Earlier at the occasion, Adeleke, in a speech, emphasised the need for politicians to allow February 14 and 28 elections to go without rancour, stressing also that it is not worth the trouble to shed a pint of blood of anybody to achieve their goals.
Adeleke pointedly said politics of acrimony and vendetta was a disaster to any community, enjoining stakeholders in the forthcoming general election to soften the ground for fair, free and credible elections.
At the occasion, which had in attendance, political stalwarts and business moguls, among which was Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, the Ede council of Christian Association of Nigeria, led by Prophet John Adewuyi, showered encomium on Adeleke.
They described him as an apostle of politics without bitterness, a man of peace and large heartedness, praying God to grant him long life.
In the same vein, the Islamic Ulama, led by the Chief Imams of Edeland, Sheikh Moshood Akajewole, enjoined politicians to emulate the strong virtue of Adeleke, as far as love for the common people and accessibility to all without hindrance is concerned.
They also prayed Almighty Allah to guide and guard him in his future endeavour.