Ogbonnaiye Francis – Ado-Ekiti
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, has lost one of its chieftain and a former governorship candidate in the state, Mr Kola Ajayi.
Kole Ajayi, 51, was said to have died on Friday while travelling to Lagos to attend a meeting of the Ekiti State University, EKSU, Alumni Association.
Information gathered said that he gave up the ghost before he could be rushed to a nearby hospital where he was officially pronounced dead. He is survived by wife, children, and a mother.
The deceased APC chieftain was National President of EKSU Alumni Association and a member of the Governing Council. He was the Publisher of the now rested EKITI NOW Newspaper.
He was the candidate of the Accord Party in the 2014 governorship election. Ajayi was the Alliance for Democracy (AD) House of Assembly candidate in 2003 for Ado-Ekiti Constituency 2.
Ajayi recently joined the APC and pasted posters of another governorship race but he later withdrew from the race before the party commenced the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms. After stepping down from the race, he declared his support for the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Reacting to Ajayi’s death on Saturday, APC Publicity Secretary, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, described his demise as shocking and unfortunate. Olatunbosun said: “The news of the sudden death of Barrister Kole Ajayi, came as a rude shock and very devastating. It was least expected and a great loss not only to the APC family but Ekiti State
and the nation at large.
“He was a prominent Ekiti son, he was actively involved in growth and development of EKSU as a former alumnus. He was a resourceful man who gave up himself to develop people around him.
“We pray that God will grant his family and Ekiti State the fortitude to bear this great loss. This is an opportunity to speak about our health system.
“Government should do something that will enhance our health system and address issues and circumstances that led to his sudden death.”
Barrister Kole Ajayi, has this slogan in Ekiti State, “Abere mi lokun nidi” or “Te soju e”, during his political campaigns.