A former National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Sen. Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa is dead.
An indigene of Erin Ijesa in Osun State, Akinfenwa, aged 89, died in his Ibadan home, on Thursday.
Confirming the death to Nigerian Tribune, a former AD chairman in Osun State, Hon Olapade Fakunle, said the former party leader enjoyed good health till he breathed his last.
According to him, “Senator Akinfenwa left his Osun home on Monday, but only complained of having malaria symptoms on his way, and as he arrived in Ibadan, he went to his doctor, who asked him to rest after medication.
Fakunle said it was not as if he was bedridden, rather, he said he had enjoyed good health all through his old age.
“To us, his complaint wasn’t seen as anything serious as he was not used to falling sick, once he treats malaria, he gets back on his feet.
“But, sadly, while he was observing his bed rest at home, and we expected him to be back, he died in his home, on Thursday,” he said.
Fakunle, also a former national publicity secretary of AD, described Akinfenwa as “a great leader, who lived an exemplary life as a father and politician.”
“He was a founding member of Alliance for Democracy (AD), he joined no other political party being a committed follower of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he was a principled man and remained so till his death. His kind of leader is rare, we will surely miss him,” Fakunle added.
He was survived by his children and other family members.
Akinfenwa was elected as a senator in 1999, representing Osun East senatoriall district on the AD platform and became the minority leader in the red chamber.
Prior to this period, he was a former Commissioner for Education, under the administration of late Chief Bola Ige as the governor of Oyo State.
Also, Akinfenwa, a devout Christian, was the Balign of Christ Anglican Church, Erin Ijesa and also Baba Ijo of Anglican Church, Iloro Ijesa, both in Osun State.
His remains have been deposited at Wesley Hospital and burial plans would be announced later.