The body of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, arrived in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday as her final rite of passage began.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, who received her corpse at the Governor’s Office, initially broke down in tears before summoning courage to eulogise the deceased.
Olayinka died of breast cancer in Lagos on April 6 at the age of 52.
The body, brought to Akure Airport aboard an Aero aircraft, was received by a delegation led by the governor’s wife, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, and Senator Babafemi Ojudu.
The deceased daughters, Ololade, Olamide and Yeside, who were dressed in blue lace, yellow headgears and dark sun glasses, accompanied the corpse.
The casket, draped in Nigeria Flag was later taken to Ado Ekiti in a wine colour hearse accompanied by a convoy of vehicles and sympathisers.
Police outriders and Okada riders led the convoy which stopped at the secretariat of the Action Congress of Nigeria along Ajilosun Road where party executives, led by Chief Jide Awe, paid their last respect to the banker-turned politician.
The convoy later proceeded to the Governor’s Office.
At the Governor’s Office, Fayemi, who tried in vain to stop weeping, received the body of his deputy even as some others present broke down in tears.
Fayemi said, “We thank God for the arrival of our Princess, who sacrificed herself for the service of the people. On behalf of good people of Ekiti State, we cannot thank her enough. She lived a short and eventful life. We thank God for given her to us; we also thank God for taking her to the world where there would be no more worries.”