Kola Bello, the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader in Iseyin, Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state, is dead.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Bello died in a car accident along Ibadan-Iseyin road at the weekend while returning home from the APC’s ‘Southwest Progressive Youth Festival’ held in Ibadan.
His body has been deposited at a morgue in the state.
People have been grieving on the social networking service, Facebook. Reacting to Bello’s death, Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) wrote: “ANOTHER SAD LOSS
It took me time to accept that my brother and young friend,Kolawole Bello is gone the way of all mortals.We grew up under the same roof at Oke Alafia in Iseyin while I schooled at the Anwar Ul Islam High School. His father,the legendary G.A.Bello was our English Language teacher. Kola was a chip of the old bloc. A patriot always brimming with ideas to improve the society. He loved his hometown Iseyin like very few does and was an Oke Ogun irredentist and a politician of the progressive hue.
Hardworking,ebullient and forthright,he was the ideas man in any gathering he found himself; social,cultural,religious or political. It is a shame that such a devoted,committed and patriotic Ambassador was denied the opportunity to represent the people of Iseyin again and again and again until he breathed his last. As it is said, Nigeria kills its brightest stars. The circumstance of his death is more painful because Kola had survived a near fatal accident on the same Ibadan-Iseyin road many years back.
I pray that God holds mama ,his young wife and children and siblings. May God forgive his sins and grant him eternal life. Adieu ,my dear brother.”
Similarly, Shina Peller, the lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in Oyo State at the House of Representatives, wrote: “My heart is heavy; my mood is gloomy, my voice is weak, my eyes are swollen. It is a mourning moment for me as I lost my Legislative Aide (LA), Comrade Kola Bello, to a fatal accident on his way from Ibadan to Iseyin yesterday. We buried him today in Iseyin.
Kola Bello wasn’t just my LA, he’s my brother, and his immense contributions to my political activities, right from the campaign period preceding 2019 general elections till when he exited the world, remains valuable to me.
Kola Bello is an illustrious son of Iseyin, political icon and grassroots mobilizer who would always agitate for, initiate and support every course that will boost the development of Iseyin and the Oke Ogun region as a whole. Without doubt, he will be greatly missed by me, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Oke-Ogun indigenes and residents at large. I pray that his soul finds peace with God, and that God consoles us all. Amen. Adieu my brother, Kola Bello.”
Peller’s colleague, Dapo Lam Adesina penned: “This is another tragedy
You were a star waiting to shine but God knows best
We will keep the flag flying
You will surely be missed.”
Rest on my brother Kola Bello.”