The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agagu, who returned from United States on Thursday, slumped in Ikoyi, Lagos, where he was having a meeting with Ondo indigenes on Friday evening.
“He just had a medical examination, which showed that he had a little cholesterol, and was hypertensive.
“There is diabetes in our family, but it’s nothing major; it was just something he had been dealing with for the past 10 to 15 years. So, there was no inkling that something was about to happen,” Agagu said.
According to him, his mum has lost her best friend and husband.
He confirmed that his father passed away in Lagos on his way to St. Nicholas Hospital.
He added that his father had the usual illness that comes with age, “so there was no stand out cause for his passing.”
“He lived a simple but a fulfilled and happy life. He left amazing memories and fantastic legacies behind.
“I will miss the friendship, I will miss the advice; he was pretty much anything any wife, son or daughter could ask for in a father.
“He was a mentor to many, a brother, a benefactor; I’m sure a lot of people will miss him,” he said.
Agagu said the family had just returned for their annual two and a half weeks vacation and during that time, his father showed no sign of illness.
“I guess when it’s time to go, when your maker comes to get you, when he brought you, he did not ask anybody, so he can take you when he sees fit,” he said.
He said arrangements for the burial were yet to be made.
In his response to Agagu’s demise, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former Governor of Osun State, said he was “grieved”.
“We met in politics and he remained a very nice senior colleague and when he came back two days ago, we talked about a meeting tonight,” Oyinlola said on Saturday.
He said he would miss everything about his late colleague, who was the perfect gentleman and who always cared for others.
“I asked him if he would be coming to Ibadan and he answered no, he then invited me to meet with him on Saturday in Lagos, unfortunately that was not to be,” he said.
Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, described the late Agagu as an unassuming, brilliant and hardworking governor, who served the nation meritoriously.
In the same vein, the former Chief Press Secretary to Agagu, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, told SUNDAY PUNCH that it has been decided that he would be buried in his home town.
Olowolabi said that as a former governor, Agagu would be given a state burial and the state government had confirmed that Governor Olusegun Mimiko would visit the family Sunday (today).
He said, “The burial date has not been fixed. You know, as former governor of Ondo State, his burial is a state affair. The state government has confirmed that the governor would be here tomorrow and he will be discussing burial plans. The much that has been decided is that he would be buried in his hometown, Iju Odo, in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.”
Olowolabi added the wife of the deceased had been receiving Agagu’s political associates from all over the country at their Ikoyi, Lagos residence.