Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, the traditional ruler of Afowowa Sogade in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, passed on peacefully this Sunday after a brief illness. He was to turn 87 on the 7th of next month.
After his banking career that ended in Kano
mid 70s, he joined the Unity Party of Nigeria in 1978 and was elected as an officer of the party at its maiden state congress held at the Mayflower Hotel, Olorunsogo.
He was involved in the electioneering campaign that produced Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande and Chief Rafiu Bakare Adeyefa Jafojo as the first executive civilian governor and first deputy governor of Lagos State in the September, 1979 general elections in Nigeria.
Alhaji Hamzat, as he was then known made Jakande’s cabinet list and was appointed the commissioner for public transportation, the position he held in Jakande’s first term and in the three months old second term, terminated by a bloodless military coup.. He was in charge of the metroline project that was abandoned by the military regime that truncated the Second Republic.
Like his boss, Alhaji Jakande, he was detained by the Buhari regime for some months but was later released without being charged to the miscellaneous offences tribunal.
He led a political pressure group known as Justice Forum (JF) which led the way in the formation of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos State and remained its leader in the APC until his passing. He was also a member of the governorship advisory council in Lagos State.
He is survived by many children, including Dr Quadri Obafemi Hamzat, the deputy governor-elect of Lagos State and his elder brother, Ganiyu, a one time member of the Federal House of Representatives from Mushin Constituency Two.