The news of the death of Olawale Ogunleye, one of the pillars of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Akoko North East, was shocking and devastating.
Olawale had arrived Nigeria last week from his base in the United States of America to celebrate his mother’s birthday and attend the marriage ceremony of his younger sister. Up till yesterday evening he was full of life and gave no sign of any ailment. He drove himself to the hospital, only to give up the ghost few minutes later. His demise is a big blow, not only to our party in Akoko but the entire PDP family in Ondo State.
Our party commiserates with his wife and children, his aged mother and members of our party in Akoko North East. Olawale Ogunleye was the PDP candidate for Akoko North East/Akoko North West Federal Constituency in the 2019 election. He also served briefly as Special Assistant to former Ondo State Governor Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
The leadership qualities of Wale that stood him out always in a crowd will be missed in no small measure. He was a grassroots politician who knew his onions.
May God grant his family and the PDP the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Kennedy Ikantu Peretei
State Publicity Secretary, Ondo PDP.
5th August, 2021.