Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State today cut short his official assignment outside the state when news filtered that the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barr. Adesina Michael Adeyemo, died.
Adeyemo, 47, died in the early hours of Friday after a sudden illness.
Ajimobi, who was said to have rushed down to Ibadan, the state capital, headed straight to the Anatomy Department of the University of Ibadan where the late Speaker’s remains were kept.
Pained by the demise, an obviously-sad Ajimobi had a lengthy discussion with the pathologists to ascertain the likely cause of the death and whether it could have been prevented, after which he spoke with the family members and the large number of sympathizers on ground.
Meanwhile, the state government has declared a three-day mourning period, starting from Monday, April 30 — Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
This is just as the governor has also directed that flags be flown at half mast during the period.
Adeyemo, who lost his wife in 2013, is survived by two sons and aged parents.
Governor Ajimobi described the death as a tragic loss for him and the people of the state. “I received the news of the untimely passage of my brother, friend and dependable political ally, with grief and utter shock, this morning (Friday).
“He was a fine gentleman and bridge builder, who was committed to the development and progress of the state. His death has left a gaping void that will be difficult to fill,” he said.
The governor expressed sadness that death had again taken away one of the brightest, dutiful and committed political leaders in the state, who had used his sagacity in piloting the affairs of the Assembly without rancour.
As the leader of the legislative arm of government, with members from different political parties, the governor said that Adeyemo ensured that the relationship with the Executive was very robust.
The governor said, “He was an energetic young man that was always prepared to sacrifice his time, expertise and resources to ensure that the relationship between the Executive and Legislature did not break down at any time, no matter how thorny the issue might be. He was my bridge builder.
“Political leaders from Ibarapa zone deferred to him because of his candour, gentleness, respect and his amiable disposition to all, young and old. He was a rallying point for the Assembly leaders, who held him in high esteem because of his unassuming nature.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, honorable members of the House of Assembly, his political associates, friends and loved ones. This is a loss too sudden and tragic for me to bear. My prayer is that his very gentle soul should continue to rest in peace. I will sorely miss him.”