All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has described the death of renowned political scientist and columnist, Prof. Ayo Olukotun, as “sad and shocking”.
Tinubu said Olukotun left memorable imprints in national development through his contributions to national discourses.
According to him, the late academic will be missed particularly at a time his knowledge and experience would have helped the nation in her march to a new dawn.
In a statement by the Tinubu Media Office and signed by Tunde Rahman, the APC presidential candidate said, “The news of the passing, Wednesday, of erudite scholar and fine columnist, Prof. Ayo Olukotun, is shocking and saddening.
Coming at the start of the new year, it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Prof. Olukotun made invaluable contributions to public discourse and helped shape public opinion and policy through his regular interventions via his newspaper columns.
“His deep, incisive, and penetrating columns won him plaudits. Prof. Olukotun was a friend I first encountered as a writer and journalist before becoming a university don. His writings initially at the Daily Times, Guardian, and in later days on the Back Page of The Punch every Friday were a go-to for me.
“On those pages, he not only gave constructive dissection of public policies, issues, and developments but; also offered ideas that can engender redemption.
“I commiserate with his family and pray that God Almighty comforts them over this unfortunate passing. I mourn with his colleagues in the academia and media profession. This death rankles all of us.