The Ogun State Chapter of Labour Party, LP, has lost one of its senatorial candidates, Solomon Olamilekan, who died following complaint of neck pain.
Mr. Olamilekan, popularly called Professor, until his death on Monday, was the party’s flagbearer in Ogun West Senatorial District.
The pharmacist turned politician reportedly died in a private hospital three days after he was hospitalised.
He had complained of stiff neck on Sunday and was later rushed to the hospital in Adigbe , Abeokuta,, where he died.
Disclosing the incident to journalists in Abeokuta on Thursday, the party secretary, Sunday Oginni, described Mr. Olamilekan’s passing as shocking.
Mr. Oginni explained that the late politician excused himself from the Senatorial meeting held on Monday because of his health challenge.
He said the deceased had been complaining of stiff neck, “and when we did not see him at the senatorial meeting we asked of his whereabouts and we were told he was in hospital”.
”But, this morning we were called that and told the man is dead. It is a great calamity to the party because he was one of the very strong candidates we have in the party,” Mr. Oginni said.
”He had assisted the Labour Party to gain more popularity and acceptance, especially in the rural areas and many of the residents in the rural areas had promised to vote for him.”
In his own reaction, the Chairman of the party in the senatorial district, Jimoh Edun, said he suspected foul play, claiming that Mr. Olamilekan’s popularity might have prompted a spiritual attack on him.