Following the shocking death of the late Commissioner For Environment And Natural Resources, Rt Hon Kehinde Ayoola, Oyo state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Media Team, an arm under the office of the state publicity secretary, has said that it has just completed a three dedicated days of mourning one of its finest asset who departed untimely as a result of illness.
The Oyo state PDP publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday was quoted as saying that the late Commissioner was more than just an astute politician to the media wing of the ruling party in Oyo state describing him as one of the pillars that gave unflinching support to the media team when he was alive.
According to the statement, the ruling party’s media wing in the state is particularly saddened by the fact that the late Commissioner’s wealth of experience and knowledge in and outside government as well as his wise counsels will be greatly missed.
Engr Olatunji, said that Kehinde Ayoola was not just made Commissioner For Environment And Natural Resources by governor Seyi Makinde stressing that the deceased was a professional environmentalist meaning that his appointment was a square peg in a round hole.
The ruling party’s publicity secretary stressed that even though the specially dedicated days to mourn the deceased by Oyo state PDP media team was limited three days, the team will always remember late Ayoola who became the first Speaker of the state house of assembly immediately after the return of Nigeria’s democracy in the 4th republic.
The statement reads in part: “Late Kehinde Ayoola was part of the Seyi Makinde Omi titun liberation team from the onset and can well pass for a pioneer member of the struggle to enthrone PDP as the ruling party in Oyo State.
“The door to late Kehinde Ayoola’s office was always opened to the party’s media team and he was always readily available to provided the party’s media team needed supports morally and intellectually, and it is for his immense contributions to the party particularly the media wing that necessitated the specially dedicated 3days to mourn one of Oyo state finest and refined politician.
“Indeed, our party has not just lost a great asset, but we have indeed lost a refined gentleman to the core, a seasoned politician with full understanding of Oyo state political mathematics.”
“We are particularly very saddened because we feel the pain of our leader and number one citizen in the state, the executive governor of Oyo state, Engr Seyi Makinde who has undoubtedly lost a dedicated and loyal friend and the entire state executive council that just lost a colleague in late Ayoola.
“Like the governor has said, we can not question God because nothing happens without his knowledge therefore, we take consolation and solace in the legacies our father, uncle, mentor, and friend left behind and it’s our earnest prayer that his legacies continue to linger for many generations to benefit from.”
Engr Olatunji, however, on behalf of the Oyo state PDP media wing commiserates with the deceased family especially his wife and children and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.