Pa Olajide Olabode, who once drove the late sage and first Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, is dead.
The Ado-Ekiti-born Pa Olabode died on Friday at age 89.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has mourned the passage of the octogenarian.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, the governor described Pa Olabode’s demise as painful “even though he had lived a long, fulfilling and inspiring life”.
He prayed God to give the deceased’s family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Pa Olabode’s death is a great loss to us in Ekiti State. He was a perfect example of the resilient spirit that Ekiti people have whenever they intend to achieve great tasks.
“He defied his family background and chose the hard way to become a great man like his contemporaries. He was a driver who earned the trust of his bosses.
“His integrity must have endeared him to Chief J.E. Babatola, who introduced him to Chief Awolowo and ended up driving African presidents such as Kwame Nkrumah, Sylvanus Olympio, Julius Nyerere and the great Zik among others.
“We will never forget how he, in his little way, was able to prove to the world that Ekiti people are hardworking, trustworthy and can do great things.
” On behalf of the government and people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with Pa Olabode’s family, and pray that the good Lord will console them and give them the fortitude to bear the loss,” the governor said.