Former governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has expressed shock over the death of the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye.
Telescope.ng reports that Fayemi, who described the death as a rude shock, said via a tweet on Thursday, October 20, that the late speaker was a dependable ally, brother and friend.
He tweeted: “Received with shock news of the untimely passing of Rt Hon Funminiyi Afuye, Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly. Rest in Peace, most dependable ally, brother and friend. JKF.”
Afuye, who represents Ikere constituency 1, died on Wednesday evening at 66 after a brief illness.
Afuye appeared at the inauguration of Governor Biodun Oyebanji, on Sunday and was said to have also attended plenary on Tuesday before the sudden turn of events on Wednesday.
Sources said he died on Wednesday evening at an undisclosed hospital, where he was rushed to, following a brief illness.
Afuye, a lawyer, who represents Ikere Constituency 1 at the Assembly, died at the age of 66.
A member of the House, who confirmed his death on the telephone, said he was rushed to the hospital, on Wednesday, after developing an illness.
The lawmaker, who said that the Speaker’s death was shocking, said that he rushed to the hospital upon getting the news, but met people weeping and had to turn back.
Afuye was at the Thanksgiving Service of the new governor, Biodun Oyebanji, on Tuesday and later chaired the plenary session of the Assembly in the afternoon.
He said, “This is shocking. Rt Hon Funminiyi Afuye was at the House of Assembly on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, so his death is devastating to us. It is a rude shock.
“We learnt he developed sudden complications in the morning (Wednesday) and was rushed to the hospital where he died.
Afuye, a former commissioner in the state, was in the Assembly between 2007 and 2011 and was spending his second term in the Assembly with the tenure billed to expire in June of next year.