PDP Looses Another Member To The Cold Hands Of Death
Chief Ishola Filani, Former national vice-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who is from Ekiti State is dead.
He died on Thursday in London, United Kingdom.
Filani, a former Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the aborted third republic, was aged 71 as at the time of his death. He would have been 72 in September.
He was PDP Vice Chairman (Southwest) between 2012 and 2014.
Reacting, former Deputy Chairman of the party, Olabode George, described the demise as colossal loss and painful.
George, in a statement said the deceased “was a man of warmth, full of devotion, enveloped within whatever cause he pursued with vigor and sheer honesty.
“He resonated with settled intelligence and far reaching determined articulation. He could be combative in debate but without malice.
“He could disagree with demonstrated fervor but without acrimony. He was a patriot with passion, a distinguished lawyer with assertive merits.”
Similarly, the South-West Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, noted that the party received the news of the death with rude shock while commiserating with his family.
“While alive, he was a democrat and gave his all. He is a committed, resourceful and loyal leader of the party,” he said.
His friend, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said: “I have been pained since I heard of his death. I have known Ishola for many years, I have known his family in Ikole Ekiti and we have been in the same political party together. He was in the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and later he was the Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) led by Babagana Kingibe.
He later came to the PDP and he became the chairman of the PDP in the Southwest. Nigeria has lost someone put contributed to the political development of the country.”