Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has described the news of the death of a former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Gbenga Aluko as shocking and devastating.

All Nigeria Latest News had reported that Senator Aluko died on Saturday in Abuja aged 58 years.

Governor Fayemi, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described Aluko’s death as a colossal loss to the state and the nation.

“I have lost a dear brother and friend”, the Governor said, adding that Senator Aluko’s death was not only a loss to the state but a personal loss to him, having had a cordial relationship with the deceased spanning four decades.

The Governor said the late Ode-Ekiti-born politician was not only a brother and friend but also a patriotic Ekiti indigene whose contributions to the development of the State cannot be overstated.

He described the former governorship aspirant as a successful private sector player, refined gentleman, and a decent politician who made a great impact in almost every aspect of life.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) recalled how the deceased influenced the establishment of a Chest Clinic at the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, a project which he described as being of great benefit to the State’s health sector. He also noted that the deceased served selflessly in the Ekiti State Covid- 19 Response Committee.

The Governor who noted the deceased’s brilliance and generosity of spirit said the late Aluko served his fatherland diligently and made Ekiti proud through numerous achievements.

“Senator Gbenga Aluko invested his time, resources, and energy on many laudable initiatives that impacted positively on the lives of the people and were always ready to support any worthy Ekiti cause with his wealth of experience and extensive national and global contacts.

“For us in Ekiti, this is a huge loss. And it is a personal loss to me. We, however, cannot question God but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a decent life of service and made a great impact in the lives of the people. He shall be sorely missed.

“On behalf of my wife, the Government and good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the Aluko family and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”, Fayemi said.

Late Senator Aluko, one of the children of the renowned Economist, late Professor Sam Aluko, had established himself as a successful corporate figure. He achieved further distinction by getting elected to the Senate of the Federal Republic in 1999 at the age of 36 years.

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