Former Ekiti Sole Administrator, Olurin is dead

A former Sole Administrator in Ekiti State, Gen. Tunji Olurin (rtd), has died.

Olurin reportedly died on Saturday morning at a Lagos hospital. He was aged 76.

A family source confirmed his demise to our correspondent.

BBNAIJA ONLINE” reports that the deceased, an indigene of Ilaro, Ogun State, was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011.

His governorship ambition marked the beginning of the crisis that tore apart the PDP in Ogun.

With the support of former President Olusegun, Olurin contested the PDP ticket with Gboyega Isiaka, who was heavily backed by the then Governor of Ogun, Gbenga Daniel.

It could be recalled that Olurin succeeded in clinching the PDP governorship as Isiaka defected to a new party, People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN).

Both Olurin and Isiaka lost the 2011 election to Sen. Ibikunle Amosun of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria.

On October 19, 2006, Olurin was appointed by Obasanjo as the Sole Administrator of Ekiti, to replace former Governor Ayo Fayose, who was removed over alleged gross misconduct.

He vacated the position on April 27, 2007 and was replaced by Adetope Ademiluyi.

After losing the 2011 governorship election in Ogun, Olurin took a break from political activities until his death.