The South-West Zonal Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Soji Adagunodo, is dead. He died on Tuesday in the United States of America.
Adagunodo, who previously served as the Osun state PDP chairman, reportedly passed on in the USA, after failing to recover from an undisclosed illness.
Speaking with The PUNCH, the South-West zonal youth leader of the party, Seyi Bamidele, said Adagunodo had been indisposed for some time and only recently returned to his base in the United States of America to attend to his health.
He further said, “He was around in Nigeria till a few weeks back. He travelled to the US and we were all expecting him back in Nigeria any moment.
“We were informed of his passage just this evening. Further information would be made available shortly.”
He was the PDP chairman during the 2018 governorship election of the party and had a faceoff with the supporters of the then party’s candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, which led to his removal from office.
Meanwhile, the governor of Osun state, Ademola Adeleke has expressed shock at the news of the death of Adagunodo.
He described his passage as “a sore loss not only for the party but also Osun state”
In a condolence message signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, the governor rued the loss of Adagunodo said, “Late Hon Adagunodo is a friend whom I supported to become the state Chairman of the PDP and who in turn backed me to emerge a Senator of the Federal Republic. It is a bitter loss and we will badly miss him.
“The news of the passing of Hon. Adagunodo was devastating to me as a person. I note Hon. Adagunodo contributions to our great party as the Chairman in Osun state and I celebrate the impacts he effected as the South West Chairman of PDP.
“I share in the grief of his family and loved ones, recalling with fondness the good memory he shared with our great party as well as the impacts till his last moment on earth.
“It is our prayer that Almighty God be pleased with his soul and grant Hon. Adagunodo eternal rest just as every loved ones have the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Adeleke said.