Prince Abdulfatai Adeyemi, son of the late Alaafin of Oyo, aka D-Gov, is dead.
He died early hours of Friday, December 8, 2023, a day before his 47th birthday.
He reportedly died of diabetes at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Oyo prince, who was said to have been ill for a while, aspired for the Oyo Federal Constituency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019 but lost the election to his brother, Akeem Adeyemi, fondly called Skimeh, who was re-elected for the second term.
He was appointed by the state governor, Seyi Makinde, as Chairman of the Oyo State Local Government Pension Board in his first term.
According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity with The PUNCH, the prince died on Friday after a protracted illness.
He said, “Yes, he died this morning. Many people have also called me to confirm his demise. I was also weak when I received the news. Today is his brother, Akeem Adeyemi’s (a House of Representatives member), birthday, a day away from each other.
“I was with him on the day of the empowerment programme of his brother, Akeem, popularly called Skimeh, when he gave N50,000 each to 500 people. We sat down together. He was even the one who delivered the sermon on that day, not knowing that he was saying goodbye to everybody. It’s so painful and sad,” he lamented.
His death comes more than a year after his father’s demise.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi died at the age of 83 on 22 April 2022, at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, after developing complications related to prostate enlargement.
His reign of 51 years is the longest reign of any Alaafin of Oyo in modern recorded history.