Governor of Oyo State, the state Assembly members, friends amongst others on Thursday paid their last respects to the late Speaker, Mr Michael Adeyemo.
Adeyemo, who represented Ibarapa East State Constituency on the All Progressives Congress platform, died of heart attack on Friday, at the age of 47.
In a remark during a special sitting held in honour of Adeyemo, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said that Adeyemo’s death left a gaping wound that would take time to heal.
Ajimobi, who spoke amid tears, said that the late speaker was a true patriot who was passionate about the progress of the state.
According to him, the speaker’s demise is a great loss to the state, the current administration and the APC.
Similarly, the Nigerian Conference of Speakers described their colleague’s death as a calamity and a great loss not only to Oyo State but also to the country as a whole.
The Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi, described the deceased as a bridge builder who brought about the unification of the South-East states.
Ubosi said that Adeyemo was a defender of the defenceless.
The Deputy Speaker, Oyo State Assembly, Mr Musa Abdulwasi, described the late speaker as a dedicated lawmaker who contributed meaningfully to the emergence and passage of quality bills of paramount public interest.
“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.
For his part Mr Solomon Ajanaku (APC/Ibadan South-West II) said that the late Adeyemo was a gentle, noble and astute politician who was never found wanting in his responsibilities as Speaker.
Mr Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba/LP) said that Adeyemo was a man of integrity and a highly refined lawmaker who rose above party differences.
The representative of the APC Party, Mr Mojeed Olaoya, said that the deceased was a consummate and hardworking lawmaker whose memories would remain evergreen to all.
Speakers of Lagos, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Osun, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Delta, Kwara, Enugu, Ondo and Ogun states as well as members of the state assembly attended the tributes session.
Other dignitaries at the event were Mr Adeyemo Alao-Akala, a former Governor of Oyo State, the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Abimbola Munta, Mr Niyi Akintola, SAN and representives of lawmakers in the Seventh Assembly.