Ajimobi, others shed tears as burial rites of Adeyemo, Oyo Speaker, held


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.

Oyo Speaker to be buried Thursday

Oyo State Government on Monday announced that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adesina Micheal Adeyemo, will be buried at his residence in Lanlate Area of the state on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said that the Service of Songs for Hon. Adeyemo, who died on Friday, April 27, 2018 after a brief illness, will hold on Wednesday, May 2 at Oke Ado Baptist Church, Oke Ado Ibadan by 4pm.
He said that there will be a Special Session and Lying in State at the House of Assembly Complex on Thursday by 8am and the Motorcade leaves for Lanlate thereafter.
Rt. Adeyemo, the Speaker of the 8th Assembly , who represented the Ibarapa East State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, was sworn in as Speaker of the State House of Assembly on June 12, 2015.
Prior to his position as Speaker, he was Deputy Chief Whip of the House, member of Fund Allocation, Works and Transport, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Appropriation and Public Finance committees of the 7th House of Assembly.
The late Speaker was the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Conference of Speakers and also the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, among Speakers of the States’ Houses of Assembly.
He was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association. He also served in the executive committee of the Ibadan branch of the NBA as an Auditor and Assistant Secretary.
Dignitaries from all walks of life across the country are expected to pay their last respect as the remains of the late Speaker, who is survived by his wife, children and aged parents, were committed to mother earth.

Oyo lawmaker decamps to nonexisting party

A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Joshua Oyebamiji, displayed crass ignorance on the floor of the house on Thursday while announcing his defection from Accord Party, under which platform he won election.

Oyebamiji, who represents Akinyele 1 in the House, made his declaration before the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who came to present the 2018 budget.

Even though he is the chairman, House Committee on Information, the lawmaker seems not to know the difference between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Party (APP).

He mentioned the latter (instead of the former) three times as the party he was moving to in a prepared speech read to announce his defection before the house.

The lawmaker hinged his decision to leave Accord to the rancour in the party and the fact that their leader and former governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, had recently left to join the Peoples Democratic Party.

Ajimobi, while welcoming him, urged other lawmakers who don’t belong to the APC yet to follow suite.

He also informed that some big names in the state will formally declare for APC on Saturday.