Former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaji Abdul Rafiu Ogunleye has passed away at 79.

The Governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun who broke the news of the death of Ogunleye on Monday, described it as great sorrow.

Ogunleye who was deputy governor during the administration of Chief Olusegun Osoba reportedly died early Monday morning at his hometown, Itele-Ijebu.

Abiodun in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin, described Alhaji Ogunleye as an astute administrator and a politician per excellent who he said contributed immensely to the socio-economic and political development of Ogun State.

The Governor attributed the development currently being enjoyed by the people to the efforts of people like the deceased, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the State attain its current status.

He said he had hoped that the former Deputy Governor would live longer so that his administration would continue to tap from his wealth of experience for the benefit of the people of the State.

Governor Abiodun urged the family to take consolation in the fact that Alhaji Ogunleye lived an impactful life that benefitted thousands of people, praying Almighty Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the loss and grant him repose in Aljanna Firdaus.

Also, in its condolence message sent the government and the family of late Ogunleye over the loss, the President-General of the League of Imams and Alfas, in the State, described late Ogunleye as a seasoned administrator.

The league in its condolence message signed by its President-General, Shaykh Liadi Ayinde Orunsolu, said late Ogunleye was devoted to the well being of the state and it’s development during his lifetime, adding that he would no doubt be missed by all.

“May Allah forgive the soul of Alhaji Rafiu Ogunleye, accept his return and admit him into Al-Jannat Firdaous. May Almighty Allah grant the family, Muslim Community, government and good people of Ogun State the fortitude to bear the great loss”