Prince Rotimi Obadofin, a former governorship candidate in Kogi state, is dead. The late politician was a front line member of Afenifere and hailed from Aiyegunle Gbede, in Ijumu local government area of Kogi state. Obadofin contested on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) before the merger which produced the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The late politician reportedly died in Osogbo, the Osun state capital on Thursday night after rupturing his appendix. He also contested the governorship ticket of APC in last year’s election but could not make it past the primaries as he lost to late Prince Abubakar Audu. Governor Yahaya Bello, who expressed shock over the death of Obadofin, described him as a ‘frontline progressive’ who displayed exemplary zeal for the actualization of civil rule in Nigeria. In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, Governor Bello described the late Obadofin as a “Pragmatic democrat, fiery human right defender and a believer in the core ethos of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group that wrestled power from khakistocrats and returned the nation to representative democracy.”