A frontline businessman, political strategist and one of foremost associates of Honourable Kehinde Ayoola, the late Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources in Oyo State, Alhaji Babatunde Ologburo has said that the sudden death of Ayoola was a personal loss.
Ologburo who hails from same Oyo township with the deceased said in a press release personally signed by him on Saturday, 16 May, that the late commissioner was his ‘political soulmate,’ and news of his sudden death leaves him devastated.
He said: “We have been very close right from his entry into politics. Beyond the fact that we share the same passion for the development of OYO township where we both hailed, Honourable Ayoola at every point, allowed me access to make inputs into many of his political decisions and such was our relationship that we were constantly cross-checking perspectives on political strategy. He was such a wonderful political soulmate.
“Even when we had a brief disagreement along party lines, we never stopped our political relationship. His office was my second office. He was brilliant, intelligent, and precise with his political calculations.
“Kenny wore a look of pride – like anyone of Oyo origin – but his character was imbued in utmost humility.
“He was a patriotic Nigerian and a committed family man per excellence. He served his country and family dutifully, but his devotion to God was without compare. He lived an exceptionally good life and I believe that he has gone to meet the face of his creator.
“I pray for his bereaved family to find the fortitude to bear this huge loss and for the Almighty God to stand by and console his family and the large assembly of his associates.”
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