Former governor of the old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Isola Olumilua, is dead.
Late Olumilua who was an indigene of Ikere Ekiti was elected then on the platform of the Social Democracy Party (SDP) and ruled the state between 1991 and 1993.
The elder statesman who died at the age of 80 after a brief illness, is the father of the current Commissioner for Information in Ekiti State, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua.
The younger Olumilua who confirmed the death to journalists in Ado Ekiti, said his father died around 3am on Thursday.
He said, “Yes, Baba died today(Thursday) around 3am. We thank God that he lived a good and worthy life and we are proud of his personality and achievements while alive.
“Burial arrangements will be announced later”. Meanwhile, the Yoruba socialcultural group Afenifere has said the Ekiti and Nigeria will miss the visionary leadership quality of Pa Olumilua.
While reacting to the death of the former governor yesterday in Ado Ekiti, the publicity secretary of the group in Ekiti, Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae described him as a civilized person who matched all
He said the Pa Olumilua did his best as the governor of old Ondo State and later became one of the leaders of the progressives in the Southwest and Nigeria as a whole.
“Pa Olumilua used his experience as a diplomat to allay the fears of Nigerians on global warming in 1992. Even as a governor, he was a great farmer. He harbour no ill-will against people”.
Also, the Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, described the late Olumilua, as an astute elderstatesman with voracious zeal and passion for the progress and development of the state and its people.
Bamidele, who represents Ekiti Central Senatorial District at the Senate, in his ccondolence message on Thursday, averred that the people of the state would miss Olumilua’s progressive leadership style and
ardent belief in the doctrine of unity, togetherness, equity, transparency and accountability, in service delivery.”
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