The general chairman of the council, Bamiji Awa, said in a statement in Lagos that the death of the late political activist was a personal loss for him.
ROYAL NEWS reports that Odumakin, 56, died early on Saturday.
Awa said, “The news of the death of my dear brother, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, came to me like a brutal shock.
“As a friend of a family, I called his wife and dear sister in the Nigerian Democratic Struggles, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, his sister-in-law, Vera Okei, and his personal driver to confirm the authenticity of this strange story.
“I did this because I still find it hard to believe it, even though I am inundated with calls, messages and messages from various people including the media.
Awa, who described the late Odumakin as his “political odyssey,” said the late activist brought Yoruba youth together in 1998/1999 under the leadership of Asiwaju of the Yoruba and the leader of Afenifere, the late Pa (Senator ) Abraham Adesanya.
He added that the late Odumakin served under the late Adesanya as an active young man in Afenifere, alongside the late Reverend Adetunji Adebiyi, Special Assistant to Senator Abraham Adesanya.
Awa, who noted that he had a cordial relationship with the late Odumakin, explained that the unexpected emergence of Pa Ayo Fasanmi’s close friend, Chief Reuben Fasoranti as interim chief of Afenifere at the time where Adesanya was on the sickbed, suddenly divided the camp. of Afenifere to this day.
He said that in 2011, Odumakin was a spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari, before, during and immediately after the presidential election, when the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) produced a Muhammadu Buhari / Tunde Bakare ticket.
“It’s about telling the whole world that no matter how long we continue to play the politics of relevance, it will come to a point where it will be difficult to cover the truth from the public.
“He was so active since his years in college as a student leader, Department of Political Science and was fortunate to have one of our renowned comrades as his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin.
“May Almighty God give your family, our friends and associates, the courage to endure this irreparable loss. We all love you my dear brother, but God loves you the most, ”Awa added.
The late political activist and spokesperson for the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere is believed to have died of complications from COVID-19 at Lagos State University Hospital in Ikeja.
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