The Oyo State PDP chieftain and former Deputy Governor in the state, Chief Hazeem Gbolarumi has mourned the passing of foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, described his death as vacuum that’s difficult to fill.
The late Chief Akindele died on Monday morning in Lagos, barely 24 hours after the burial of a former governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Gbolarumi said Chief Akindele, who was the ‘Parakoyi’ of Ibadanland and Chairman of Modandola Group, has contributed immensely to the development of Ibadanland and genuinely interested in the wellbeing of the people.
He described his death not only a loss to Ibadanland but to the entire nation owing to the fact that the deceased has contributed in no small measure to the development of Ibadanland and the country at large.
He recalled his kind gesture a few months ago when Oyo State sought support over the COVID-19 endowment fund to cushion the effect of the pandemic saying late Akindele donated whooping N25 million to the state.
According to Gbolarumi, the donation to the state government by the revered Ibadan-born business magnate and philanthropist was part of the sum of N100 million he donated to the federal government to support the fight against coronavirus.
Gbolarumi wishes the family of late illustrious son of Ibadan, a fortitude to bear the loss while he also wished him to rest in peace.