Her death last week Sunday beat many hollow. London-based businesswoman Risikat Bola Amope was said to be hale and hearty on that fateful Sunday.
WESTERN POST gathered that it was the eve of her defection from the Accord Party over some disagreements with the leader of the party and former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.er death last week Sunday beat many hollow. London-based businesswoman Risikat Bola Amope was said to be hale and hearty on that fateful Sunday.
One account said the wealthy businesswoman was getting ready to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state while another said she was to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Amole died a few months after declaring her intention to contest for Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of Accord Party before things went sour between her and the party.
WESTERN POST spoke with some sources close to the late politician who claimed her death had some spiritual undertone. She was said to have developed a stroke the same day and died before the close of the day.
How Her Rift with Accord Party Started
Late Amole was denied ticket of the Accord Party to contest for a seat in the House of Representatives and this led to a confrontation between her and leadership of the party according to a reliable source who spoke with WESTERN POST under the condition of anonymity .
The source said Accord Party governorship flag bearer, Senator Ladoja, had intimate relationship with Amole before then, but the relationship became strained. The reason for the strain in their relationship leading to her failure to get the party’s ticket to contest for the House of Reps. seat was not immediately clear at the weekend.
Aftermath of Loosing AP Ticket
Consequent upon her failure to gain the ticket of Accord Party, Amole was said to have joined other aggrieved members of the party to stage a protest around Iyaganku area, Ibadan, early this month to protest the alleged marginalisation against female members by the leadership of the party.
Amole, in her 50s, was a socialite and one of the wealthiest women in Ibadanland. The charming and amiable lady was the CEO of BIMS African Foods Limited in Peckham, London, United Kingdom.
The APC Oyo State Chapter tried to make an issue over the death.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr. Olawale Sadare, the party commiserated with the family and friends of the late Amole.
APC said it felt the grief of Amole’s family “at this moment, especially taking into consideration her high hopes of contributing her quota to the development of the state through involvement in politics.
“Madam Amole was said to be one of the Accord Party faithful and aspirant for the House of Representatives seat of one of the federal constituencies in the state, Egbeda/Ona Ara, who was denied nomination by the party”.
The APC claimed that Amole had made overtures to join the party until her sudden demise.
“We are saddened by the news of her sudden demise. The mystery of her sudden passage makes it even more painful. She was one of Accord Party’s funders who were funneling money to the party from overseas but whom the party callously denied nomination aftermath the kangaroo primaries of the party held in their leader’s sitting room,” said the APC.
According to the APC, the blood of the late businesswoman would be on the heads of those who collected all her life savings and allowed her to drift into her death.