- A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ikare Akoko area of Ondo state, Olawale Ogunleye, is dead
- Kennedy Peretei, the publicity secretary of the party, who confirmed the death, described Ogunleye as one of the pillars of the PDP in Ondo
- Ogunleye was the PDP's candidate for the House of Representatives election in Akoko Northeast/Northwest
Ikare, Ondo - Olawale Ogunleye, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the House of Representatives election in Akoko Northeast/Northwest federal constituency of Ondo state in 2019, is dead.
Vanguard reports that he was said to have attended a social event in Ikare Akoko area of the state and later slumped at his lkare residence.
Legit.ng gathered that the deceased's family member said that Ogunleye was thereafter rushed to a private hospital in Ikare where he died.
The party in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Kennedy Peretei, described Ogunleye as one of the pillars of the PDP in Akoko North-East, saying that his death was shocking and devastating.
“Olawale had arrived Nigeria last week from his base in the United States of America to celebrate his mother’s birthday and attend the marriage ceremony of his younger sister. Up till yesterday evening, he was full of life and gave no sign of any ailment."
TVC News also reports that Peretei said Ogunleye drove himself to the hospital, only to give up the ghost a few minutes later, adding that his demise is a big blow, not only to the party in Akoko but to the entire PDP family in Ondo state.
“Our party commiserates with his wife and children, his aged mother and members of our party in Akoko North East. Olawale Ogunleye was the PDP candidate for Akoko North-East/Akoko North-West federal constituency in the 2019 election.
“He also served briefly as Special Assistant to former Ondo State Governor Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. The leadership qualities of Wale that stood him out always in a crowd will be missed in no small measure. He was a grassroots politician who knew his onions.
Peretei prayed that God grant his family and the PDP the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
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It was reported that this was announced on Thursday by Abubakar Aminu Ibrahim, the media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The retired Nigerian Army general was said to have died in his home in Effurun GRA in the Uvwie local government area of Delta state.