A former National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party,  Ishola Filani is dead.

He died on Thursday in a London hospital.

Filani was the party’s South-West PDP chairman between 2012 and 2014.

Filani, a former Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the aborted third republic, died at 71. He would have been 72 in September.

The South-West PDP Chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, said the party received the news of his death with a rude shock.

He said: “While alive, he was a democrat and gave his all. He is a committed, resourceful and loyal leader of the party".

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On his part, Lagos PPD Chairman Moshood Salvador, described him as “a perfect gentleman who never shied away from what he believed in".

Former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Olabode George said: “The sudden, unexpected and very painful transition of Filani indeed diminishes all of us who knew him well and associated with him far beyond the political landscape.

“He was a man of warmth, full of devotion, enveloped within whatever cause he pursued with vigour and sheer honesty. He resonated with settled intelligence and far reaching determined articulation.

"He could be combative in debate, but without malice".

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