by Oge Okonkwo
Former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State, Ranti Akerele is dead.
Mr Akerele was said to have died in the early hours of Tuesday. The former commissioner was said to have died in his sleep according to family sources.
The source said “We have lost him. He slept off yesterday and did not wake up. He played and even watched the news on the television through-out yesterday before going to bed.”
A close friend and doctor to the deceased who also confirmed the news to Saharareporters said the ex-commissioner was sighted at the hospital yesterday.
“I saw him with a patient at the hospital yesterday morning, he appeared hale and hearty when I saw him. He told me he brought a patient to our hospital. That was the last word I heard before he departed. It is a pity Ranti is gone” he said.
Akerele was removed from office by Governor Olusegun Mimiko at the beginning of his second term in office.
He was a former broadcaster with the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC) before joining politics to become the State Publicity secretary of the Labour Party.
The deceased was also a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)in Ondo state.
He was 54 years old.