Kunle Adewale, a son of the Olu of Epe, and five others drowned on Saturday in a river after their boast capsized.
It was learnt that Kunle, who is a Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, is the first son of the Olu of Epe, Oba Shefiu Adewale, who ascended the throne two years ago.
Kunle and a local government chairman aspirant, Muiz Bello, as well as four others had gone to cast their votes for the All Progressives Congress when their boast suddenly capsized on their way back.
A close source said, “It is indeed a very sad day. We were all together in Epe early in the morning and we ate together. After some time, they said they registered at a polling unit across the river.
“About five hours later, we heard that he had died. We still don’t know how it all happened.”
Confirming the incident, the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Henry Ajomale, said it was unfortunate.
Ajomale prayed for the repose of their souls, adding that they died as honourable men.
The APC boss said, “It is very unfortunate and we pray that the Almighty God grants them eternal rest and gives their families the strength to bear the loss. They died as honourable men, who fought for the progress of this country.”
Ajomale lamented the voting process, adding that as of 8pm in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area, voting was still ongoing.
He said, “INEC should have been more prepared because in many places, voting is still ongoing at this time (8pm) while in some places, there were no INEC officials.”
Ajomale, however, maintained that he was confident that he would be able to deliver his ward to the APC even though it is an Igbo dominated area.
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