Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has hailed the late Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kehinde Ayoola, as a man who was dedicated to duty.
Mr Ayoola is said to have died at a private hospital around Iyaganku, Ibadan on Thursday morning.
Mr Makinde revealed in a Twitter thread that he met the former Speaker of Oyo House of Assembly in 2002.
“I received with deep sadness, the news of the death of my dear friend and colleague, Rt. Honourable Kehinde Ayoola. Up until his death this morning, he served as the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in Oyo State,” the governor wrote.
“I met late Rt. Honourable Ayoola in 2002, when we worked together as members of the Fortune Group for the election of Senator Rasheed Ladoja. He also served as the Director General for my 2015 campaign and the Deputy Director General for my 2019 campaign.”
“He was a loyal friend with a dedication to duty that cannot be questioned. He will be sorely missed for his great oratory skills and his love for the people of Oyo Town and Oyo State. May his soul rest in peace,” Makinde added.
As a state lawmaker, Ayoola represented Oyo East constituency between 1999 and 2003.
The state government did not reveal the cause of death.