Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has led the State Executive Council and Assembly members on a condolence visit to the late Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo’s country home, Lanlate, on Saturday.
The governor had declared three-day of mourning in honour of the late Speaker with flags expected to be flown at half mast.
Ajimobi was accompanied by his wife, Chief Florence; Deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo; all executive council members; members of the House of Assembly, led by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abdulwasi Musa; State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Akin Oke, among others.
Amidst intermittent sobs, the parents of the late speaker, Chief Matthew and Mrs. Dorcas Adeyemo, had inaudibly said that a “monumental tragedy” had befallen them.
The governor also visited the Arowooje of Lanlate, Oba Lateef Olagoke; the Eleruwa of Eruwaland, Oba Samuel Adegbola, in their palaces to commiserate with the monarchs on the death of their illustrious son.
Adeyemo, who had represented the Ibarapa East State Constituency since 2011, was the highest ranking political figure from Ibarapa zone and was also the first from the zone to occupy the number three seat for two terms.
In his condolence message, the governor said that the death of the speaker was the greatest loss his administration and the All Progressives Congress family in the state had so far recorded.
“He was a brilliant, eloquent, intelligent, diligent and most patriotic speaker I ever met. He contributed immensely to the success of this (Ajimobi’s) administration.
“He was a peacemaker, bridge builder and a great son of Lanlate, Oyo State and Nigeria. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”
Speaking on behalf of the Lanlate monarch, the Osi Lanlate, Chief Adegboye Adelani, described the death of Adeyemo as a tragic loss to the town and the Ibarapa zone, following what he called his monumental contributions to their development.
The monarch assured the governor of the continued support of the people of the zone for his administration and the APC in spite of the death of the speaker.