Ekiti State Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi mourned the loss of former Deputy Chief Senate Whip Senator Gbenga Aluko, calling his death a shocking and a monumental loss to the state in particular and Nigeria in general.
The deputy governor, in a statement by his special assistant (media) Odunayo Ogunmola, said he received the news of Senator Aluko’s death with shock.
Otunba Egbeyemi said that Ekiti has lost one of the shining stars in his political firmament, a committed patriot, selfless politician and visionary statesman who truly loved his people.
The Deputy Governor said that the fact that the late Senator Aluko was deemed worthy to serve as a senior officer in the 4th Senate when he represented Ekiti South between 1999 and 2003 attested to qualities of leadership, integrity. , genius and competence he had in him.
Egbeyemi said the late Aluko engaged in bitterness politics during his lifetime and had friends across political divides with whom he maintained good relations until his demise.
This, the deputy governor noted, explained why the political class, regardless of their ideological leanings and other segments of the population, are united in mourning to mourn the loss of the former member of the National Assembly.
Otunba Egbeyemi noted that the late Senator Aluko will be remembered as one of the leaders of the 4th Senate who helped entrench Parliament as a bastion of representative democracy.
He said the late Senator Aluko, despite the heights he has reached, is humble, approachable and compassionate to the needy people he helped during his lifetime with scholarships and youth empowerment.
Otunba Egbeyemi showed compassion to the family, friends, associates of the deceased and the residents of Ode Ekiti, his hometown, praying to God for the courage to endure the irreparable loss.
He said the deceased would be sadly missed by all the people of the state and his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), of which he was the leader.