With deepest condolences, the former governor of Ogun State and a serving senator of the federal republic representing Ogun East Senatorial in the red chamber of the national assembly, penned an elegy in honour of late Dr. Onaolapo Soleye who passed on today.

In a statement released by his family this Wednesday morning, November 15, 2023, Onaolapo died in the early hours of the day, at the age of 90.

The senator, in a mourning note, described the late politician and administrator as “a remarkable man whose unwavering dedication to acts of kindness and good deeds impacted greatly on a lot of people.”


OGD, as Senator Daniel is widely addressed by admirers and followers, in his piece bore testimony that the late Soleye was a “great leader and a mentor.”

according to the piece made available to newsheadline247, Daniel, the Aare Ajibosin of Owu Kingdom, also expressed his deepest condolences to members of his family including the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Matemilola, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Senator Daniel’s Elergy reads…

Dr. Onaolapo Soleye: Exit of a Remarkable Man – Daniel

It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the passage of Dr. Onaolapo Soleye, a remarkable man whose unwavering dedication to acts of kindness and good deeds impacted greatly on a lot of people.

I bear true testimony to the facts about Dr. Soleye as a great leader, a mentor and a man of impeccable principles who inspired countless individuals. As an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, he was a great inspiration and mentor to many of us.

As a former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State and later as Minister for Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Soleye distinguished himself as a prudent financial manager, and acquitted himself as a first class economic administrator in the application of Nigeria’s resources. His commitment to a better Nigeria was unwavering.

The passage of Dr. Soleye is a personal loss to me because I share very deep relationships with him as a younger friend and confidant. I benefited immensely from his several unconditional supports during trying times.

My deepest condolences to members of his family; the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Matemilola; His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (who is also Dr. Soleye’s bosson friend); sons and Daughters of Owu Kingdom and Egbaland in general at this painful and trying times as I am consoled by the legacy of good deeds and forthrightness that Dr. Soleye left behind.

His Exc, The Senator Otunba Engr Gbenga Daniel, FNSE, FAEng
The Aare Ajibosin of Owu Kingdom