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The lawmaker representing ilaje ese odo federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon Victor Kolade Akinjo has expressed his heartfelt condolence to the Mafo dynasty of Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State on the passing away of one of their illustrious sons, Late Chief Olu Mafo.
In a statement personally signed by the federal lawmaker, he extolled the virtues of Late Chief Olu Mafo, as an astute politician whose impact was felt not only in Ilaje but the entire state for his political doggedeness and vast experience in his chosen career.
Late Mafo was a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) whose contributions to mankind would not be forgotten.
“Shocked and sad to learn of the passing away of BABA OLUKUNLE MAFO. He was an orator par excellence, a towering legal luminary and a principled parliamentarian whose insights and nuanced understanding of issues “had very few parallels”.
As the first of all my predecessors in the House of Representatives and also the first from Ilaje since the return of democracy, he represented the good people of Ilaje/Ese-odo Federal constituency between 1999 and 2003, having served as the first Executive Chairman of the defunct Ilaje/Ese-odo Local Government Council between 1977 and 1978.
He was a former State Secretary of Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN) Parliamentary caucus in the old Ondo state House of Assembly between 1979 and 1982 and subsequently that of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1983.
A former Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters and also a member of the Presidential Monitoring Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Though I cannot exhaust accurately with grief the various capacities this iconic personality had served but the truth is that we’ve lost a rare gem.
‘My deepest condolences to his family members and well-wishers. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in perfect peace (Amen),” Akinjo concluded.