The Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State and Governor Ademola Adeleke have mourned the demise of the Caretaker Committee Chairman for Ede North Local Government Area of Osun State, Jimoh Oyekanmi.
In a statement signed by the Osun PDP Chairman, Sunday Bisi, the party disclosed that the council boss died suddenly on Tuesday.
However, the chapter of the party has declared a 3-day mourning period and suspension of party activities in the state.
Bisi described the deceased as a willing and tenacious team player who never got tired of executing tasks placed in his care.
“The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party is saddened to announce the death of the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ede North local government, whose sudden death occurred late on Tuesday, 10th of October 2023.
“The PDP finds it awkward to come to terms with the death of the chairman, who was in his office and was full of life till the wee hours of the day. It was awkward for us as a family with the party having to submit to the unquestionable will of Almighty Allah, who giveth and taketh.
“Jimoh Oyekanmi without mincing words, was one engine room too many to lose. He was a willing and tenacious team player who never got tired of executing tasks placed in his care.
“While we battle through this rude shock of Alhaji Oyekanmi’s demise, the state working committee of our party, under the leadership of Hon Sunday Bisi hereby suspends all party activities for the next three days with party flags in the state flown at half mast in equal number of days,” the party said.
Similarly, the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke described the passing of Oyekanmi as devastating.
Adeleke in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, stated that the state had been denied the service of a trusted hand in delivering good governance.
He said “Alhaji Jimoh was a politician with a purpose, always prioritizing the good of all above his interest in every situation.
“During the struggle for the enthronement of the Imole government, Alhaji Jimoh showed discipline and unimaginable sacrifices.
“He was a long-time member of the Adeleke political dynasty, but he was much more than that to me. He was loyal to a fault and more reliable, no matter the circumstances.
“His impact on Osun politics, particularly in Ede North, where he was a strong grassroots mobilizer for our great party, the PDP, is hard to miss. Ede town, and the PDP, have lost one of its finest, and I mourn this huge loss of a man who has contributed so much to society.
“My heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, the people of Ede North, the PDP family, and everyone touched by his demise. It is my prayer that Almighty Allah comforts his family and loved ones and gives them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Adeleke said.