Senator Gbenga Aluko, a former governorship candidate in Ekiti State, has died.
The politician, who was born in Ode Ekiti, was said to have collapsed in his Abuja office and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
He passed away on Saturday evening.
Daniel Olugbenga Aluko was born on July 20, 1963, in Ekiti State, Nigeria, to Professor Sam Aluko, a prominent Nigerian economist. He attended Federal Government College in Ilorin before enrolling at the University of Benin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and regional planning in 1982. He then pursued a Post Graduate course in International Oil Trading and Pricing at the College of Energy and Petroleum Studies in Oxford, England. Managing Director/CEO of HYGYNIX, Executive Director of Baseline Petroleum and Chemicals, and Executive Chairman of Independent Strategists were among the positions held between 1983 and 1999. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport and Aviation and General Manager of the Nigeria Shipper’s Council.
Late Senator Gbenga Aluko
Aluko was appointed to committees on Selection, Senate Services (vice chairman), Aviation, Women Affairs, Finance & Appropriation, Social Development & Sports, and Local & Foreign Debts after being elected to the Senate in June 1999. He was named the Senate’s Deputy Chief Whip. Later, he was named Chairman of the Petroleum Committee and Vice Chairman of the Gas Committee. Plans to privatise the Nigerian Mint were opposed by Aluko. He was named Chairman of an ad hoc committee to investigate the Central Bank of Nigeria’s controversial closure of Savannah Bank.
Aluko continued in private enterprise after leaving the Senate, holding a controlling interest in Alstegg and Midlands, a Civil Engineering Firm, and serving as a Director of Crest Healthcare, a Consultant to DFID on Parliamentary Matters, and the Director of Government Affairs for Chevron Nigeria.