The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, fought back tears on Thursday while speaking at a Special Parliamentary Session held in honour of the late Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, who died of severe heart attack last Friday.
Ajimobi, who was joined by the late Speaker’s family members, colleague lawmakers from across the country, his counterparts in the law profession, politicians and other guests from all walks of life, described Adeyemo’s death as shocking, adding that the demise has left a gaping hole that will be difficult to fill.
The event, which was held at the floor of the State House of Assembly, was a follow-up to a commendation service held in the deceased’s honour at Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan on Wednesday.
Adeyemo who represented Ibarapa East State Constituency on the All Progressive Congress platform died, Friday morning at Jericho Specialist Hospital, Ibadan at the age of 47.
An open air funeral service jointly organised by Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan and First Baptist Church, Lanlate was later held at the New Park, Lanlate, Oyo state on Thursday.
In his sermon at the funeral service, the President, Ibadan Baptist Conference, Dr. S. Adekunle said death is the only thing that would go round in the multitude of needs of humans, enjoining the attendees to take care of their names, words and work, which, he noted, would live after them.
The cleric said the late Speaker left a good name and legacy behind, urging the people at the funeral service, particularly the politicians to do everything necessary to preserve their names.
Special prayer session also held for the wife, children, extended family, state and the nation at the funeral while he was later interred in his Lanlate private residence.
Earlier at the special plenary, Ajimobi had declared that the speaker’s demise was a great loss to the state, the current administration and the APC party.
The Nigerian Conference of Speakers also described the death of the Speaker as a calamity and great loss not only to Oyo State but also to the country as a whole.
The deputy speaker of the confrence who is also the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi, described the deceased as a bridge builder who brought about the unity of all the South-East states.
Describing Adeyemo as a defender of the defenseless, Ubosi said that despite the pains has brought, the death would further strenghten the resolve of the state Speakers to work in harmony for the progress and prosperity of their respective states in honour of the deceased’s efforts.
In his valedictory speech, the Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House, Mr Musa Abdulwasi, described the late colleague as a dedicated lawmaker who contributed meaningfully to the emergence and passage of quality bills that are of paramount public interests.
Abdulwasi described Adeyemo as a true patriot who placed the progress of the state above party interests and politicking.
“In the time that I have known him, we have come to form a great bond beyond mere comradeship and we had only just began our political journey together. His sudden death has cut that dream short and it has triggered many questions that are left unanswered.
“He was a fine legal practitioner who became a patriotic lawmaker, he was God fearing and a responsible son, husband and father,” he said.
The adjourned sitting held in honour of Adeyemo was adjourned and the attendees filed past the casket of the late lawmaker.
The tribute session was attended by members of the House, a Former Governor of the Oyo State, Mr Adebayo Alao-Akala, the Speakers of Lagos, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Osun, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Delta, Kwara, Enugu, Ondo and Ogun states Houses of Assemblies.
Others were the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Muktar Abimbola, Mr Niyi Akintola (SAN) and representatives of lawmakers in the seventh Assembly who served with Adeyemo in his first term in the House.