By Adeola Badru
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has been saddened about the sudden death of his Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola on Thursday morning.
The late commissioner, who was reported to have died after a brief illness, was a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly during the reign of late Governor Lam Adesina.
During his tenure as a lawmaker, the Oyo-born politician represented Oyo East/Oyo West State Constituency between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He also served as the Director-General of the Seyi Makinde Campaign Organization under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2015.
In 2019, he was the Deputy DG of the Omituntun Campaign Organization that ushered in the present administration in Oyo State.
Reacting to the sad news, Governor Makinde said: “I received with deep sadness, the news of the death of my dear friend and colleague, Rt. Honourable Kehinde Ayoola. Up until his death this morning, he served as the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in Oyo State.”
“I met the late Rt. Honourable Ayoola in 2002, when we worked together as members of the Fortune Group for the election of Senator Rasheed Ladoja. He also served as the Director-General for my 2015 campaign and the Deputy Director-General for my 2019 campaign.”
“He was a loyal friend with a dedication to duty that cannot be questioned. He will be sorely missed for his great oratory skills and his love for the people of Oyo Town and Oyo State. May his soul rest in peace.”
“Rt. Hon. Ayoola will be remembered for his altruistic service to Oyo State since his emergence on the political turf in 1999,” the governor said.
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