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11 Apr 2018

Nigerian Politician Who Contested Election 4 Times Before Winning Dies On His Birthday

It was sadness and pain for the family and friends of an All Progressives Congress Councillor who died on his 45th birthday.

The late Solomon Adewale
A councillor in Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos, Solomon Adewale Awokoya aka Ogbogbon, is dead, according to a report by The Nation. The deceased attempted to be councillor and lost out thrice before his got the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket on his fourth trial.

The politician died on his 45th birthday.

The late Awokoya, who was representing Ward ‘C’ in the Bariga LCDA Legislative House, chatted with some people till 2am on Saturday before his demise.

The deceased bought some empowerment materials including an industrial machine he purchased for N125,000 to be distributed to the people in his ward on Sunday as part of activities marking his birthday.

He was survived by his mother, wife and children.

Bariga LCDA Chairman Kolade Alabi said he would be sorely missed.

“I hope we can take some comfort in knowing that he was a great friend. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Surely he will not be forgotten. May God bless and comfort the Awokoya family during this difficult period and the Bariga APC  in general,” Alabi said.

A member of the House of Representatives Wole Diya said: “Tears rolls down my eyes when I heard about the death of Awokoya. He was a humble, loyal and ideological councillor. The people of Bariga will continue to remember you for the good work you have done in moving the council further.”

Somolu Local Government Chairman AbdulHamed Salawu described Awokoya’s death as sunset at noon

Salawu said: “The death of a passionate councillor in Bariga LCDA came as a rude shock. He was a party loyalist, a lover of his community and a grassroots mobiliser.

“It is bitter to hear of his death when it is time to start enjoying the dividends of politics which he had invested in over two decades. It’s death of sun at noon.”

Leader Somolu Local Government Legislative House Yomi Osunkoya said: “It was sad and unfortunate that death took him away when he was about to enjoy his hard earned labour.

“Prior to his death, Ogbongbon, as most people called him, is a friend to all and a dogged man par excellence, someone who had contributed passionately and diligently to his community and our party, APC whenever he was called upon.

“Awokoya immense contribution and his political sagacity will not only be missed by his community but by the entire 377 Lagos State Councillorship forum.”

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