From Alfred Babs, Ilorin.
Kwara state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said he was shocked by news of the death of Mr James Kolo, a Federal Character Commission (FCC) member – designate who died in the early hours of Tuesday.
The late Kolo died at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) after a brief illness.
He hailed from Kpada in Patigi local government area of the state.
Kolo was one of the 37 members appointed into the Federal Character Commission (FCC) by President Mohamadu Buhari in April this year.
Mallam AbdulRazaq in a Condolence message commiserated with the Patigi community and the All Progressives Congress (APC) family on the sudden death of the politician.
AbdulRazaq, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye described Kolo as a loyal member of the party and a team player whose death was a great loss to his family, the people of Patigi local government, and the entire state.
“We are devastated by the death of Mr. Kolo after recently falling ill. He was a staunch party man and a bridge builder who worked hard alongside other patriots for the success of the APC in the state.
“We are consoled by the fact that he was a good man who got along with everybody that crossed his path. Many knew him for being a generous person. We commiserate with his family and pray the Almighty God to comfort them and rest his gentle soul,” the governor said.
Speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Yakubu Danladi in a statement signed by Ibrahim Sheriff, Special Assistant on Media said that he sympathized with the good people of Patigi Emirate, family, friends and associates of Mr. James Kolo, Kwara state FCC Commissioner designate, whose death was announced earlier on Tuesday.
“It is with a rude shock that I receive news of the demise of Mr. James Kolo, who was recently announced as Commissioner designate for Federal Character Commission.
“The demise of Mr. James Kolo, who, until his death was a loyal party man, committed to the progress and development of Kwara state is a colossal loss, especially at a time his expertise and wealth of experience is sought in the Nation’s service”, Danladi added.
“Thoughts and prayers of the 9th Kwara legislature are with the people of Patigi and the family of the deceased. We pray Allah comfort them and grant late Kolo eternal rest”, the Speaker said.