The former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaji Rafiu Abiodun Ogunleye, who passed away on Sunday, has been described as a “consummate politician, passionate community leader and pious Muslim.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, by the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ogun State, and signed by the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, the late politician’s death was described as “a painful exit of a political heavyweight and bridge-builder”.
The statement reads in parts: “ the news of the death of our political leader and former governor of Ogun State, Asiwaju Abdul Rafiu Ogunleye, came as a painful reality. No matter the old age, the loss of a dear one is always saddening; but we give glory to God for a well lived life of the consummate politician, passionate community leader and pious Muslim.”
“The late Asiwaju of Ijebu Itele gave a good account of himself at various times and in various capacities when the state demanded of him. He served as a very loyal deputy governor, bridge-building and successful state party chairman; and prudent chairman of the Ogun State Properties and Investment Corporation (OPIC), whose leadership translates into the prosperity of the state-owned investment conglomerate”.
“Alhaji Ogunleye, the soft-spoken political strategist, who was also the Asiwaju Adinni of Ijebu East Local Government of Ogun State, was reputed for his humility, accessibility and political sagacity. His leadership style was communal, collegiate and participatory, cutting across party, religious, cultural and tribal lines.”
“While expressing our genuine sympathy with his immediate and extended family, political associates, mentees, and the entire sons and daughters of Ijebu Itele on the painful loss, the Ogun APC prays that the Almighty God will give his family and those he has left behind, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.