Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area in Lagos Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji is dead and has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites today at his residence in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos.
Before his demise, he was seeking re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He emerged winner in the APC local government primary election with 1977 votes to become the party’s candidate in the forthcoming July 24th election.
Confirming his death, his Media Team on Tuesday morning in a Facebook post said: “With sorrow in our heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah (S. W. T), we announce the passing, after a long battle with illness, our dear father, brother, friend, confidant, role model, Nation-builder, Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji.
“He was until late night of Monday 21st June, 2021 the Executive Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Eti-Osa Local Government.
“He will be buried in accordance to Islamic rite by 9 am prompt at his residence in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos. We invite you to join us in paying the last respect to our beloved father, brother, friend and Boss.’
During the burial, Chairman Bariga Local Council and ALGON National President, Kolade Alabi prayed for the forgiveness of Olatunji’s shortcomings.
He also directed that any form of campaign should be halted for the next 48 hours as a sign of honor for the deceased.
Chairman of Eti Osa LCDA, Saheed Bankole, promised to stand with the family of deceased.
He said: “I and the entire cabinet of members of Eti-Osa Local Government will stand behind you through this difficult time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May Almighty Allah Grant His Soul Aljannah Fridous.”
Chairman of Somolu Local Government, Abdul Hamed Salawu in his tribute described Olufunmi as a generous politician and a peaceful friend of many.
He said, “Rafiu Olufunmi is a generous politician who is so much loyal to our party, All Progressives Congress and the leaders. He is a peaceful friend of many with his charming smiles and eloquent approach to issues.”
Lagos APC, in a condolence message signed by its Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo said the party received the news of his demise with shock.
“The Lagos State APC commiserates with the entire leadership and membership of our party on the shocking and untimely passage of the chairman of Eti-Osa East LCDA, Rafiu Olufunmi Olatunji.
“He was a committed party man who was totally committed to the development of his Local Council Development Area.
“Our heart goes to his immediate family, the good people of Eti-Osa LCDA and the entire APC family on this colossal loss. May Almighty Allah repose his soul, forgive his sins and grant us all the fortitude to bear this loss,” Oladejo said in a statement.