Life is only for the living, says a popular adage. Less than two months after the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke representing Osun West Senatorial District, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed July 8 for the bye-election to elect a new senator for the constituency.
Adeleke died on April 23 in controversial circumstance but a Coroner’s Inquest launched into the death had said the Senator died of drug overdose and not poison.
A notice on Tuesday by INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Osun, Mr E.A Ademusire, said the conduct of parties’ primaries would commence on Tuesday through June 14 while the election would hold on July 8.
The notice stated that the bye-election was scheduled “consequent upon the position of the enabling status that bye-elections to fill the declared vacant seat by the National Assembly be conducted within 30 days upon the declaration.
“Take note that by the directives of the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission’s bye-election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday, July 8, 2017.”
The attachment to the notice, however, indicated that last day of submission of party nomination form is June 15, publication of nominated candidate’s names, June 22 and submission of names and addresses of party agents to INEC officer, June 30.
The list of aspirants jostling for the seat is lengthening already. They include a younger brother of the late Adeleke, Ademola, former Minister of Youth and Social Development, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and former Osun Speaker Adejare among others.