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Former Senator and APC’s Governorship Aspirant Aspirant In Ekiti State, Gbenga Aluko Is Dead.

Senator Gbenga Aluko.

Precious Eze’s Blog reports that a former governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ekiti State, Senator Gbenga Aluko is dead.

The Ode Ekiti born politician was said to have died last night after he collapsed in his office in Abuja and was rushed to a hospital where he eventually gave up the ghost.

An aide to the former lawmaker confirmed to TVC news that Senator Aluko did not exhibit any symptoms of sickness prior to his death.

He was one of the Governorship Aspirants in the 2018 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ekiti State.

Gbenga Aluko was born on 20 July 1963, to Professor Sam Aluko, a prominent Nigerian Economist from Ode Ekiti, in Ekiti State.

He attended Federal Government College, Ilorin, and then was admitted to the University of Benin, graduating in 1982 with a degree in Geography and Regional Planning.

He went to the College of Energy and Petroleum Studies, Oxford, England for a Post Graduate Course in International Oil Trading and Pricing. Positions held between 1983 and 1999 included Managing Director/CEO of HYGYNIX, Executive Director of Baseline Petroleum and Chemicals and Executive Chairman of Independent Strategists.

He was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport and Aviation and General Manager of Nigeria Shipper’s Council from 1993 to 1995.

After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999, Aluko was appointed to committees on Selection, Senate Services (vice-chairman), Aviation, Women Affairs, Finance & Appropriation, Social Development & Sports and Local & Foreign Debts.

Gbenga Aluko was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, appointed Vice Chairman of the Gas Committee and Chairman of the Petroleum Committee.

Aluko was opposed to plans to privatize the Nigerian Mint. He was appointed Chairman of an ad hoc committee to investigate the controversial closure of Savannah Bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In September 2002, he seconded a motion to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate alleged constitutional and budgetary breaches committed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, which could be grounds for impeachment.

In October 2002, Aluko replaced Oserheimen Osunbor as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Aluko was involved in controversy when he was among those indicted by a panel chaired by Senator Idris Kuta that investigated financial improprieties by Senators.

The panel and a subsequent ad hoc committee chaired by Senator Victor Oyofo issued reports that found Aluko had overcharged for repairs to senators’ quarters and overpriced computers and office equipment supplied to senate members and recommended that he refund the excess. However, in September 2002, the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Aluklo that the senate should duly absolve all Senators indictment in both reports.

After leaving the Senate, Aluko continued in private enterprise, holding a controlling interest in Alstegg and Midlands, a Civil Engineering Firm and serving as a Director of Crest Healthcare, Consultant to DFID on Parliamentary Matters and Director of Government Affairs with Chevron Nigeria.

He left the PDP for the Labour Party, on which platform he unsuccessfully contested the Ekiti State governorship election in 2007.

In December 2009, Aluko returned to the PDP and later decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

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