- Olapade Agoro, a former presidential candidate in Nigeria, passed on in a hospital after a brief illness
- During the 2019 presidential election, Agoro had asked Nigerians to expect him as the president after the election
- He had promised that weeks after the election, the economy under his administration would begin to take a positive shape
It is currently a grieving moment for some Nigerians and the family of Olapade Agoro, a former presidential candidate, who has just been declared dead.
Agoro, a well-spoken and vibrant clergyman and politician, died at the age of 77 following what family sources called a brief illness.
He died in a yet-to-be-named hospital.
In 2019, who had contested for the presidential election, further tested the waters on the platform of the National Action Council (NAC), a platform through which he had declared his ambition in 2018 ahead of the poll which was eventually won by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vanguard quotes a son of the deceased, Adebo, as confirming the death of his father on Sunday, November 1.
Adebo was quoted as saying:
“My father died after a brief illness.”
Agoro, a prince, was born on October 9, 1943, at Ajibabi village of Ibadan where he made his last declaration for the presidential election in 2018 ahead of the last general poll.
He was born to the late Omo-Oba Owa Tapa Joshua Alaba Agoro and the 'Mother in Israel' Dorcas Oyejola Asabi Agoro.
Legit.ng reported in 2018 that despite suffering defeats since 2003, Agoro won the ticket of the NAC as its flagbearer in the 2019 presidential election.
Following this development, Agoro was meant to battle against Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as many other contenders for the seat.
A report had said that Agoro emerged during a national convention of the party in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
In the same 2018, Agoro, who was the national chairman of the NAC, had urged President Buhari to forgo his plans to go for a second term in 2019.
The NAC national chairman had said that he was not satisfied with the president's delivery before the election.
In his opinion, Agoro believes that the present administration has not performed to its fullest.
He had said:
“I am sure and certain that I am coming to power in 2019 and people will start seeing the sign.
"The sign would be in the horizon. I know that by the grace of God, whether APC, PDP or third force; they will see me in power. This is my time; this is the time for honesty and righteousness in government."
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