Soji Akinkuolire, a former member of the Ondo State
House of Assembly (ODHSA), who represented
Constituency I in the Okitipupa Division, is dead.
Akinkuolire popularly called "Aghando" passed away
on Saturday after battling an illness for the past few
"Aghando (Nickname) is dead. We have deposited his
body at the hospital's morgue. I will brief you on the
details later", one of the sources said.
The late lawmaker represented Okitipupa
Constituency I in the Ondo State Parliament between
2011 and 2015 under the defunct Labour Party (LP).
Our correspondent could not immediately ascertain
the cause of the sickness, but a close ally disclosed
that the deceased was "terribly" neglected" by his
friends and associates mostly by political bigwigs
from the Okitipupa division.
Mr. Akinkuolire was among the disgruntled
lawmakers of the Assembly in the defunct Labour
Party (LP) who "cross-carpeted", alongside the
embattled Governor Olusegun Mimiko, to the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The deceased contested the Speakership seat of the
State House of Assembly in 2014 together with Oyebo
Aladetan from Ilaje Constituency I, alongside Jumoke
During the election, the late Mr. Akinkuolire received
0 votes, Mr. Aladetan received 9 votes while Mrs.
Akindele, a handpicked political god-daughter of
Governor Mimiko, received 13 votes to emerge as the
first female Speaker.
Mr. Akinkuolire was 56 years old, he was from
Ilutitun and was an alumni of the Ekiti State
University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti.