Osun State House of Assembly has announced the death of one of its members, Honourable Samson Oladejo Makinde representing Ife Central Constituency.
The lawmaker, a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who was the Minority Leader and the Chairman, House Committee on Regional Integration and Special Duties in the Assembly died in the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital on Sunday at the age of 48 after a brief illness.
He is survived by aged mother, wife and children.
A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said the death of the lawmaker came to the Assembly as a great shock.
The Assembly noted that though the late lawmaker was battling with illness, but his response to medical attention gave them the confidence that he would soon be back on his feet and join the legislative business in the house.
The late lawmaker candour and relationship with other members of the Assembly, inspite his political partisanship, according to the parliament, would be greatly missed.
“It is shocking that late Honourable Makinde died at this critical period that he is needed in his immediate and political family most.
“In Osun Assembly, we are really saddened to hear of the death of one of us. We will mourn deeply his passing due to his valuable contributions to deliberations in the Assembly.
“Politics apart, his oppositional engagement as a minority leader on the floor of the house has assisted the 6th Assembly to arrive at reasonable conclusions on several issues.
“Though, he is a member of opposition in the Assembly, but he was not being taken as one when it comes to issues relating to the development of the state, hence, we will miss him dearly”, the Assembly stressed.
It sympathised with the immediate and political family of the late lawmaker, consoling them to take solace in the fact that he live a worthy life.
The Assembly also prayed that God almighty should grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost.
“Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to heaven. May our Lord bless and comfort the family during this time of grief”.