Chief James Olusoga – the Prime Minister of Akure Kingdom in Ondo state, has reportedly lost his life on his way to Abuja, over the weekend.
Vanguard reports that the 79-year-old died on his way to Abuja, where he was headed to process his pension alongside Prince Tunde Adesida and a lawyer, Segun Olubola.
The accident occurred at Kwali, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Olusoga, who is next in rank to the traditional ruler of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, was a former Director in the Ministry of Works and Special Adviser to the Ondo state government on Infrastructure.
The deceased has reportedly not received his pension since he retired over a decade ago from Federal Government services.
The deceased was installed the Olisa of Akureland seven years ago after his predecessor, Chief Folorunso Davies, was deposed by Oba Adesina Adepoju.
The Secretary of Olisa /Ogelemodu Dynasty, Tayo Abisola, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Akure, yesterday. According to him, “the Olisa left Akure for Abuja on Sunday for a meeting on his pension to be held on Monday (yesterday).
“There was a serious accident on the road in Kwali Mathematical Centre and Baba passed on. Three of them died in the accident. I leaned that a truck hit them from behind and they died instantly.”
He said the family of the deceased would miss his generosity and passion for the development of the kingdom. Abisola noted that the late Olisa was the one that single-handedly refurbished the Olisa palace in the state capital.
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He said: “The vacuum created by his death would be difficult to fill as he was the unifying factor among the chiefs and his family members.”
Born June 11, 1938, the Olisa was special adviser to the Ondo state governor on infrastructure from 2003 to 2008 and Commissioner for works transport lands and housing from 1994 to 1995.
Daily Post reports that he was President of ACAOSA for several years until 2 years ago during which period the construction of the college hall progressed rapidly.
The late Prime Minister was married to Mrs Florence Olusoga and are blessed with children.