Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of the Soun of Ogbomoso as a huge loss to tradition in the state.
Makinde said this in a statement on Sunday.
The monarch who passed away on Sunday at the age of 95 reigned for 48 years.
Prominent personalities in the state among whom were the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, have also offered their condolences following the passing of the traditional ruler.
Makinde in his reaction to the monarch’s demise said he made a lasting impact on the state.
He described the death as a huge loss to the Ogbomoso, Oyo State and humanity in general.
A statement issued by Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, described the monarch as a man of peace and a passionate supporter of development.
“I received the news of the passage unto glory of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosoland with shock.
“Though Kabiyesi lived up to the age 95, his death at this time is still a huge loss to the state and the traditional institution, because he has created a vacuum not only in Ogbomosoland but also in the entire state and the nation.
“In Kabiyesi, we had a quintessential monarch, who loved and worked for peace and development. In his years on the throne of his forebears, Oba Oyewumi made a lasting impact on Ogbomosoland and by extension Oyo State.
“On behalf of the people and Government of Oyo State, I hereby express our heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the departed monarch and the people of Ogbomosoland.”