The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 20th election Chief Olusola Oke has expressed shock and immense sadness at the death of three eminent Nigerians and elder statesmen, Prof Chinua Achebe, novelist and literary icon, Apostle T.O Obadare, renown prophet and televangelist, and first republic Federal minister, Chief Ilemobayo Akinnola.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Kunle Adebayo, Oke described the departure of the three as an irreparable loss to the nation.
"Professor Achebe not only represented the finest exhibition of nationalism, patriotism and commitment to the very dream of our nation, he was an unusually firm and committed Nigerian. You know where he stands on all issues and his was a clear voice of reason at all times."
His corpus of literary works which espouses and defines Africa from a new perspective remains a referent point about how important he was to us as a son of Africa."
On Prophet Obadare, Oke said "though our hearts grieve at the home calling of an exceptionally gifted man of God, our hearts gladden when we remember all the souls saved and all the mighty works the lord has used our late father to do."
Oke described Obadare as a man who overcame physical limitation and served God and his nation without limits.
He also said it was remarkable that in spite of the perfidy and reign of charlatans which have infested Christianity, the late Obadare lived a scandal free, bold and successful life in the Lord's vineyard.
On the late Chief Bayo Akinnola, the former National Legal Adviser of the PDP also described him as one of the last batches of the truly great men of his generation. He also commiserated with the deceased's daughter who is the minister for Information Communication Technology, Mrs Mobola - Johnson.
Oke said "The late Prime minister of Ondo kingdom gave his all at all times, in all conditions and at all places, to his world, his nation, Ondo state and his immediate community, without limitation or hinderance."
As a successful businessman, astute politician, real stateman and a superb philanthropist who lived an exceptionally rewarding life that benefited his people, Oke said his position can never be filled