By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Monday said the late Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, was the best speaker he has ever known since he began his political career.
Governor Ajimobi who made this known while speaking during a condolence visit by a delegation of Ibadan obas to his office, in Ibadan,
declared that he was yet to come to terms with the stark reality that he would no longer see or hold meetings with the late Speaker Honourable Adeyemo.
“I do appreciate this condolence visit on the demise of our colleague, brother, son and our speaker. Since his exit, I have refused to speak publicly because he was so close to me. I thought for a young man who had been very patriotic, diligent, hardworking and committed to the progress and development of this state to just pass away so suddenly. But, that is the will of God.” he said
Governor Ajimobi added “regardless of his young age, we take solace in the fact that it is not how far, but how well. I have witnessed and read about many speakers and worked with two; without any equivocation, I can say that he was the best speaker that I have ever worked with.”
According to the governor, “in terms of intellect, humility, integrity, knowledge and the Omoluabi virtue a good leader must possess, I can say without mincing words that he was the best. It is painful that we lost him. I can say that he did very well.”
“He was also very religious. Many people are religious but ungodly. But this man was religious and godly. I have no doubt in my mind that he is resting in perfect peace. I thank you for this visit and I pray that the Almighty will spare the rest of us to live long to impact positively on the society.”
On the delegation, led by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun; were the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin; Ekarun Olubadan, Oba Amidu Ajibade; Ashipa Olubadan, Oba Eddy Oyewole; Ashipa Balogun, Oba Lateef Adebimpe; and Ekarun Balogun, Oba Kola Adegbola.
The Otun Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun while speaking described the death of the late Speaker as “a great loss to the state” saying, “the intellectual capacity of the late speaker had reflected in the way he had led members of the House of Assembly without rancor.”
“This visit is intended to convey our heartfelt condolences and express our sadness to the government and people of Oyo State as the speaker left us at a young age of 47 and when we least expected it because he was not reported sick. We commiserate with the governor, members of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemo’s immediate family and the entire people of Oyo State on this tragic loss.” he said.