The son of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Prince Abdulfatai Adeyemi, fondly called D-Gov, is dead.
He died in the early hours of Friday, a day before his 47th birthday.
He reportedly died of diabetes at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Oyo prince, who was said to have been ill for a while, aspired for the Oyo Federal Constituency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019 but lost the election to his brother, Akeem Adeyemi, fondly called Skimeh, who was re-elected for the second term.
He was appointed by the state governor, Seyi Makinde, as Chairman of the Oyo State Local Government Pension Board in his first term.
A palace source, who preferred anonymity, told The PUNCH that he died on Friday after a protracted illness.
He said, “Yes, he died this morning. Many people have also called me to confirm his demise. I was also weak when I received the news. Today is his brother, Akeem Adeyemi’s (a House of Representatives member), birthday, a day away from each other.
“I was with him on the day of the empowerment programme of his brother, Akeem, popularly called Skimeh, when he gave N50,000 each to 500 people. We sat down together. He was even the one who delivered the sermon on that day, not knowing that he was saying goodbye to everybody. It’s so painful and sad,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Friday, expressed shock over the death of a former Chairman of the Local Government Pensions Board, Prince Abdulfatai Adeyemi, a son of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sulaimon Olanrenwaju, described the death of the late politician, who was also the Peoples Democratic Party 2019 House of Representatives candidate in Oyo Federal Constituency, as a sad loss.
The governor said, “I received the news of the transition of our brother, Prince Adebayo Adeyemi (De Gov), with shock and sadness. I express my heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of Prince Adeyemi, the people of Oyo Kingdom, and the PDP family in Oyo Federal Constituency.
“De Gov fought and won many battles concerning his health, and we all thought the worst was over. But we can only submit to the will of God, who gives and takes life.
“I commiserate with the immediate family of our dear brother, the Alaafin Royal family, and the people of Oyo. I equally express my condolences to the PDP family in the state and pray to God to grant repose to the soul of the late Prince Adeyemi.”
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