Soluade was deputy to Olabisi Onabanjo.
The first civilian Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Sesan Soluade, is dead. He died late Monday night at Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, at the age of 80.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the late politician reported sick to the hospital and was admitted before he gave up the ghost. He reportedly had a mild stroke some years back. A statement issued by the family and signed by his first son, Seye Soluade, stated that he died at about 10.45 p.m.
“With total submission to the will of Almighty God for a life well spent, we the children of Chief Samuel Akanbi Olusesan Soluade announce the glorious departure of our beloved father, the first executive deputy governor of Ogun State (1979-1983),” the statement read.
“Our father bade the world farewell on Monday, 4th November, 2013 at about 10.45 pmafter a brief illness at Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, at the ripe age of 80 years.”
The family, in the one-page statement, said burial arrangements would be announced later.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, expressed shock at Mr. Soluade’s death.
Mr. Amosun said he was saddened by the news of the exit of an illustrious son of Ogun, especially at a time when Mr. Soluade’s wealth of experience was mostly needed for the advancement of the state.
In a press release by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Funmi Wakama, Mr. Amosun described the former Deputy Governor as a seasoned administrator, teacher and astute politician, who devoted his life to the service of the state and humanity in general.
“Ogun State has lost an illustrious son. As the first civilian Deputy Governor of the State, under the late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, he served our people diligently. Even at the ripe old age of 80, he was still politically active. Baba would be sorely missed,” the Governor said.
He commiserated with the deceased’s family, political associates, and the people of Ogun State, and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.
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