Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
A member of the Kwara state House of Assembly representing Patigi constituency, Ahmed Saidu Rufai has died.
The late legislator was said to have passed on in the early hours of today (Tuesday) at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) after a brief illness, it was gathered.
The Jannazah of the late legislator would be done later Tuesday, at his country home, Patigi.
In a statement by the media aide to the Speaker to House Salihu Yakubu Danladi, Sheriff Ibrahim said “it is with heavy heart and total submission to the will of Almighty Allah that we announce the death of
our colleague, Hon. Ahmed Saidu Rufai representing Patigi constituency”.
“This is an unexpected situation that caught us in a rude shock, but unfortunately, the Almighty deprived us of the power to reverse such sad occurrence”, Danladi said.
“As we struggle to live with this tragic development and the vacuum that comes with it, we pray that Allah in His infinite mercy forgive his shortcomings and give his family, the 9th Assembly, Patigi
Emirate, friends and associate and Kwara state at large, the fortitude to bear this great loss.”
Reacting to the loss Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq commiserated with the Emir and people of Patigi Emirate and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the death of the late lawmaker.
“The death of Hon. Rufai is shocking and devastating. We pray Almighty Allah to forgive and repose his soul in Al-jannah. The departed gentleman was a peace loving Kwaran and a strong advocate for the
development of his community,” Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We commiserate with the Emir of Pategi, the entire people of Patigi Constituency, the Rt. Hon Speaker and all the members of the 9th Assembly, and indeed the immediate family of the lawmaker on this sad
APC chairman in the state Hon Bashir Bolarinwa described death as shocking and devastating.
He also commiserated with the Hon. Speaker, Kwara State House of Assemby, Rt. Hon. Salihu Yakubu Danladi, members of the Kwara State House of Assembly, the Emir and people of Patigi constituency over the unfortunate incident.
He described the late legislator as humane and easy going, saying “my little interaction with him portrays him as a very gentle personality. I have no doubt that he will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and people of his constituency. I pray that Almighty Allah will comfort all those he left behind and grant him Aljannah Firdous.”