Wednesday 12 August 2020

Lagos loses second council boss in two months....His death shows we all must unite against COVID-19 says Gov. sanwo-olu


Photo of Late Babatunde Oke handing over palliative to a vulnerable woman of his Council recently

The Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Hon. Babatunde Oke a.k.a. O ka ju e, is dead.

His death was confirmed by his Chief Press Secretary, Akerele Ismail, on Wednesday.

Ismail said his boss died on Wednesday morning but could not give details.

Oke’s death came barely two months after the chairman of Agbado/Oke-Odo LCDA, Augustine Arogundade, died.

Arogundade was said to have died on June 2 of coronavirus-related complications.

Oke is serving his second term in the council.

Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, in a condolence message issued by Gboyega Akosile, his chief press secretary, has said that Oke’s demise is a big loss to his council and the state.

Sanwo-Olu asked Lagosians to use the death of the council chairman as a reminder that all hands must be on deck in reducing the spread of COVID-19, as well as obeying basic rules and regulations in respect to the disease.

“The death of Hon. Babatunde Oke is a painful and great loss to the State. We must however not allow the death of Hon. Oke to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded coronavirus, which is ravaging the world,” he said.

“In fact, the best way we would preserve the memories of those we have lost to the virus is for the world to find a solution to the pandemic.

“Needless for me to say that I am saddened by the death of this fine gentleman; a loyal party man and committed democrat, who had a deep understanding of local government administration and the political landscape.

“Hon. Oke was an extremely loyal politician and an invaluable asset to the All Progressives Council (APC). He started his political journey with the progressives and remained in the fold until his unfortunate exit today.

“There is no doubting the fact that he would be missed by the entire political class, particularly Onigbongbo LCDA, Lagos APC family and the State as a whole.”

The governor also condoled with the immediate family of the departed, Bola Tinubu, national leader of the APC,  Lagos APC, Conference 57, and the people of Onigbongbo LCDA over the death of the council boss.

He prayed that God will grant “the soul of our beloved Hon. Babatunde Oke eternal rest and comfort the immediate and political family of the deceased."

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