Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Friday declared three-day mourning in honour of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, who died on Friday morning, aged 47.

The governor described the lawmaker’s death as a tragic loss for him and the people of Oyo State.

He said, “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,” the governor said.

Continuing, Ajimobi noted, “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.”


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