The Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Tunde Ashaolu is dead.
Ashaolu who died on Sunday evening just 24 hours after celebrating his 47th birthday on Sunday, was said to have died of heart seizure in Abuja.
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had hosted Hon. Ashaolu and former chairman of Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, Hon. Akintoba Fatigun, to a get-together in Abuja for their birthdays’ anniversary.
Saraki in a statement from the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office in Abuja expressed shock, disbelief and sadness over the sudden death of Ashaolu.
Saraki said, “Since we heard the news, my family, our friends, and our entire political structure across the nation have been shocked and heartbroken about the passing of Mr. Tunde Ashaolu, the Publicity Secretary of Kwara State PDP, whose demise occurred on Sunday evening.
“Just on Saturday, while celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our political associates who is Tunde’s birthday mate, I told Tunde: “You are 47 now, don’t worry, when you get to 50, we will all still be here to celebrate you. Now, Tunde, our ‘one-man army’ is gone.
“I am devastated by this loss because, in everything that he did, Tunde was exemplary. He was committed to his work; courageous with his words and press statements, and a helping hand to everyone around him.
“Today, as we mourn our dear Tunde- our comrade, our friend, our brother, a father, a husband, a son, and most importantly, a champion in our fight. We celebrate the tremendous impact that he had on all of us throughout his life.
“My prayers are with his father, his wife, other members of his family and all the friends that he has left behind, who in the hours since his death, have rallied round his family and embraced them through their support. Tunde will be dearly missed.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state commiserated with the PDP over Ashaolu’s death, describing the occurrence as saddening and unfortunate.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Monday, the APC’s spokesperson, Hon. Tajudeen Folaranmi said, “We also commiserate with members of the deceased family whom the late Ashaolu has left behind.
“We pray with a fervency that the PDP family and the members of the immediate family of the deceased will find the fortitude to bear the loss and strength to carry on in this tragic moment.”
The Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kwara State Council in a statement signed by its chairman and secretary, Abdulhakeem Garba and Kayode Abdulazeez also commiserated with the PDP in Kwara over the demise of its publicity secretary.
The union described the late Ashaolu as “an astute media personality, a man of the people who increased the media presence of his party in the state and Nigeria in just few period he manned the position.”
“It is saddening that the party lost this asset at a time like this when the process to the next general election is commencing.
“The chapel, however, prayed God to forgive, grant him eternal rest and give his family, PDP the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement said.