The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State on Friday held a Service of Songs and Candle Light Ceremony for its late Treasurer, Princess Olasumbo Ajose, who died on July 12.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ajose, who died after a brief illness at the age of 55 in Cary NC, USA, was appointed APC Treasurer in 2014, and held the position until her demise.
The event, which was held at the APC Secretariat on Acme Road in Ikeja, had several APC chieftains, family and church members of the deceased among others in attendance.
Speaking, Alhaji Babatunde Balogun, APC Lagos State Caretaker Committee Chairman, described late Ajose as a rare gem of impeccable character, who would be missed by the executive committee of the party.
Balogun said: “The entire members of the Lagos State Caretaker Committee extend our empathy and express our heartfelt loss of this great compatriot and foremost member of our great party.
“We attest to the fact that she lived a very good Christian life and we are sure her soul is in the bosom of the Lord. We join the family to pray for the repose of her soul in the kingdom of the Lord.
“No doubt, all members of the executive committee will sadly miss you- and all members of Kosofe community and the entire Lagos East Senatorial District will forever appreciate your immense contribution to our party.”
According to him, it was a sad moment for him and all members of APC in Lagos State to mourn the late Ajose at this time.
Balogun, who noted that Ajose had gone the way of all mortals, said that only God is immortal.
In his sermon titled,”The Night is Coming”, Pastor Olakunle Olaide of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, said that the night was coming to every one, hence every man should maximise his or her opportunities.
The cleric, who read from Biblical John 9:4, said that since no prayer could stop the night from coming, every man should use all opportunities to do good and help others without wasting time.
“When the night comes, the opportunity to do good will cease. When the night comes, you are going to live everything you have acquired.
“Somebody is waiting to take all you have laboured for after death. When the night comes, you start a lonely journey of no return.
“Each of us carry an expiry date. We should know that the night is coming and we must work. We do not send ourselves here. What are you doing about the work that you are sent to do?
“Life is like a ticket, it has to be spent. The currency of life is time and time is scarce, we have limited time to do what we have to do,” he said.
In his tribute, the Lagos APC Caretaker Committee Secretary, Lanre Ogunyemi, commended Ajose’s generosity and commitment to the party
” ‘Sumbo would hurt no flies. She was a very rare breed, a very great asset not only to our party but to the state as a whole,” Ogunyemi said.
Also, Mr Femi Saheed, member representating Kosofe Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, said that the demise of Ajose was great loss to the Kosofe community, party and the state.
Saheed described the late APC treasurer as a woman of outstanding virtue, very loving, peaceful and easy going.
Mr Sola Ajose, a brother to the deceased, said that her late sister would be missed for her dutifulness and discipline.
He said: “She was so dutiful, motherly. She was too wonderful, so caring and so discipline. I have a lot to say but I am close to tears.”
NAN reports that several people also took turns to laud the virtues of late Ajose, saying she had no blemish during her seven years service as the treasurer of the ruling party. (NAN)