By Daniel Abe
When you are looking for a man who can live his life for others and persevere, look for Prince Olatunji Ogunlola and when you are looking for loyalty, commitment to duty, confidentiality, look for a retired senior citizen and amiable politician of Ogunlola’s pedigree.
This Ikole-Ekiti born Prince retired from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in the then old Ondo state in 1993. Upon retirement, he ventured into business and founded TUNEK ENTERPRISES LIMITED where they sell computers and its accessories. He is also the Managing Director of DATUNFEM CATERING AND RENTAL SERVICES as well as Sales Rep of FAMYEM MOTORS.
In order to contribute more to his community and humanity at large, Prince Ogunlola joined politics in 2006. He registered with African Democratic Congress(ADC). For his intellectual and tactical abilities, Prince Ogunlola has been entrusted with critical position in party politics. He was made the Treasurer of ADC and later elected as Ekiti State chairman of the party. In 2008, he was elected as the Chairman of Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP). He also served as the deputy chairman of CNPP, South-West region. In all these assignments, he has discharged his responsibilities excellently. He rejuvenated once a docile CNPP in Ekiti State and brought it into limelight.
Prince Ogunlola has been a consistent loyalist of progressive tendency in Ekiti State. He was in the forefront of the struggle to reclaim Ekiti from the reactionary forces that hijacked the governance of the state between 2003 and 2010.
When Dr. Kayode Fayemi reclaimed his mandate in 2010, he appointed Prince Ogunlola as Special Assistant on Inter-party Affairs, the position he held till 2014.
Prince Ogunlola through CNPP was able to keep the administration of governor Ayodele Fayose on its toes through constructive criticism via press conferences, releases and constant interviews on both print and electronic media. He exposed ills and maladministration of governor Fayose’administration and this made Ogunlola a household name in Ekiti politics.
Having come to terms with his antecedent and cerebral, governor Fayemi upon assumption in office in 2018 appointed Prince Ogunlola as Senior Special Assistant on Mobilisation. Since then, Prince Ogunlola has been up and doing, moving from one town to another to showcase government activities and programmes. His office has created a data bank for all the associations in the state and about 122 associations have been registered. These included professional and non-professional artisan groupings aside social associations
Prince Ogunlola has received numerous awards, including the Ekiti State Students’ Union, Federal School of Statistics, Ibadan, as good Ambassador 1991,Federal Polytechnic Ado Students’ Union as best Entrepreneur in 1994 as well as South West CNPP as the best state chairman in 2008. He is a Fellow Institute of Administration. He is also a Patron to Heritage International Club.
Ogunlola is a politician that does not discriminate. He is highly detribalized, open to positive ideas, a motivator of positive agenda for government and a crusader of fairness and social justice.
On this auspicious occasion of your birthday, I join your wife, lovely children, extended family, political associates, the APC family and all your well wishers to felicitate with you. Here is wishing you the best and choicest of God’s blessings now and always.
Once again, happy birthday to Prince Olatunji Ogunlola and many happy returns of the day.