12 April 2012

Nigeria: Omoboriowo Dies At 81

Ado-Ekiti — Former deputy governor of the Old Ondo State, Chief Akinwole Michael Omoboriowo is dead.

Omoboriowo, according to his eldest son, Mr. Akinwole Omoboriowo (jnr) died at his residence located on Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday at the age of 81.

The deceased, a lawyer and a native of Ijero-Ekiti, in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, was deputy governor to the late Chief Adekunle Ajasin between 1979-1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). But the late politician parted ways with Ajasin, who was the leader of the UPN before the1983 general elections.

The crisis that emanated from late Omoboriowo declaring his intention to contest against his boss on the platform of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and subsequent declaration as winner of the gubernatorial election by the then Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO), resulted in a bloody clash among politicians in the state leading to the loss of lives and property. But the Supreme Court sitting in Lagos State then, upturned his victory and declared Ajasin of the UPN as winner of the election.

In separate reactions to the death of the former deputy governor, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and former Governor Segun Oni, described the death as a big loss to the state, the Yoruba people and the nation at large.

Governor Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described the late politician as a "consummate nationalist, respected statesman and defender of Ekiti interests".

He said Omoboriowo's death has robbed the state of a father, patriot and elder statesman, who contributed immensely to the evolution and development of the state.

He recalled the role Omoboriowo played in the creation of Ekiti State and his contributions to the development of the then University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) now Ekiti State University (EKSU) where he served as Chancellor.

Chief Oni, the National Vice Chairman (Southwest) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, described the death as a huge loss to the state and the nation.

"I received the death with shock because Baba was not sick. I know that Baba departed this world at the time appointed by God and all we can do is to celebrate him as our leader, father and foremost patriot, who never shifted attention from the development of Ekiti.

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