Senator Gbenga Aluko slumps, dies in Abuja

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A former governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Senator Gbenga Aluko is dead.He was said to have died this evening after he collapsed in his office in Abuja.

Report said he was rushed to an hospital where he breathed his last.One of the aides to the former lawmaker who pleaded anonymity confirmed to Radio Nigeria that Senator Aluko was not sick nor exhibit any symptom of sickness.

Another source alleged that the late politician died of heart attack.Daniel Olugbenga Aluko was born on 20 July 1963, to Professor Sam Aluko, a prominent Nigerian Economist from Ekiti State of Nigeria.

He attended Federal Government College, Ilorin, and then was admitted to the University of Benin, graduating in 1982 with a degree in Geography and Regional Planning.He went on to the College of Energy and Petroleum Studies, Oxford, England for a Post Graduate Course in International Oil Trading and Pricing.

The positions he held between 1983 and 1999 included Managing Director/CEO of HYGYNIX, Executive Director of Baseline Petroleum and Chemicals and Executive Chairman of Independent Strategists.

He was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport and Aviation and General Manager of Nigeria Shipper’s Council from 1993 to 1995.

After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999, Aluko was appointed to committees on Selection, Senate Services (vice chairman), Aviation, Women Affairs, Finance & Appropriation, Social Development & Sports and Local & Foreign Debts.

He was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate. Later he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Gas Committee and Chairman of the Petroleum Committee.Aluko was opposed to plans to privatize the Nigerian Mint.He was appointed Chairman of an ad hoc committee to investigate the controversial closure of Savannah Bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In September 2002, he seconded a motion to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate alleged constitutional and budgetary breaches committed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, which could be grounds for impeachment.

In October 2002, Aluko replaced Oserheimen Osunbor as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission.Aluko was involved in controversy when he was among those indicted by a panel chaired by Senator Idris Kuta that investigated financial improprieties by Senators.

The panel and a subsequent ad hoc committee chaired by Senator Victor Oyofo issued reports that found Aluko had overcharged for repairs to senators’ quarters and overpriced computers and office equipment supplied to senate members, and recommended that he refund the excess.

However, in September 2002, the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Aluko that senate should duly absolve all Senators indicted in both reports.

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