Ekiti APC chairman Paul Omotoso dies eight months after kidnap

Late Ekiti APC chairman Paul Omotoso
Paul Omotoso

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State Paul Omotoso has died.

Mr Omotoso died early Wednesday following a brief illness, reports said.

The Ekiti APC boss was said to have complained of feeling unwell on Tuesday and was taken to a government hospital in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, where he died.

PUNCH quoted an official of Ekiti State Government confirming the incident. “Yes, the APC State chairman is dead. We will pay a visit to his family this morning,” the official said.

Omotoso’s death comes eight months after he was kidnapped in July 2023 and released after five days.

Former governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi, in a statement by his spokesman Ahmad Sajoh, described Omotoso as a committed leader, unifier, and key figure in the party in the state.

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Fayemi said the party chairman’s unexpected exit has created a significant gap within the APC family in the state and among all those familiar with the departed party leader.

He praised the late Omotoso as a dedicated leader and unwavering advocate of the APC’s principles and agenda in Ekiti State.

“Under his stewardship, our party achieved significant victories in recent elections, gaining the trust of our people. This would not have been possible without his commitment to uniting our members and working selflessly for the greater good of our state and nation,’’ he said.

Omotoso was the commissioner for local government and environment during Fayemi’s first term as governor, from 2010 to 2014.