The controversy thrown up by the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke representing Osun West in the Senate is not far from being over.
Smarting from the report of the Coroner’s Inquest into Adeleke’s death which indicated that the late Senator died of drug overdose and not poison, a report Adeleke family flatly rejected, a new vista of disagreement between the family and Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been opened.
At the weekend, a five-man panel constituted by the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to screen aspirants for the vacant Osun West Senatorial District disqualified Senator Mudashiru Hussein from participating in the party’s primaries.
But the younger brother to the late Osun senator, Ademola, who is the second aspirant for the vacant seat, was given a clean bill to run for the party’s primary today.
Hussein, a former Senator and a serving Commissioner in the state, is Governor Aregbesola’s candidate for the position.
The by-election into the vacant seat followe the death on April 23 of Senator Adeleke. It is scheduled to hold on July 8.
The chairman of the panel, Sanusi Rikiji, who is also Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, had said Hussein was disqualified because he failed to tender his registration letter as a serving commissioner within 30 days before the expression of his interest to contest for the senatorial seat.
In a letter to Osun State Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, and the two aspirants – Hussain and Adeleke – Rikiji and the panel Secretary Charles Airhiavbere said Hussein was disqualified for allegedly breaching the Electoral Act.
Hussein was reportedly advised to approach the three-man appeal panel set up to handle complaints from the screening.
The panel said the two candidates – Hussein and Adeleke – were screened and given the outcome of the screening according to the party’s guidelines.
The panel also said the primary to pick the party candidate for the July 8 Osun West senatorial by-election will hold today at 8 am.
The panel urged the aspirants to ensure that their supporters behave well during the primary..
It reminded that aspirants with complaints should not hesitate to approach an appeal committee.
The Appeal panel was believed to have sat also on Sunday and affirmed the report of the primary panel.
The primaries was slated for Monday but reports about the election were still being awaited.
But Osun State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr Ajibola Basiru, said the panel did not set a rule of engagement for its operation before the screening.
Hussein said he had formerly resigned his position and tendered his resignation letter to the governor on June 6.