Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have paid glowing tributes to the late former governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
At a special plenary held in honour of the former governor by the House of Assembly, the lawmakers eulogised Ajimobi, who they described as a man with unprecedented achievements, one who lived a fulfilled life and cemented his footprints in the history of Oyo State.
Leading the tributes, Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin praised Ajimobi for bringing to bear his supernatural wisdom and intelligence in governing the state.
As helmsman of the state, Ogundoyin noted that Ajimobi stood out in several infrastructural development projects; environmental sanitation; improvement in security of lives and properties; positively impacting many lives, especially his political associates.
While also noting Ajimobi’s high sense of humour, the Speaker said the nation, especially the All Progressives Congress (APC) had lost a man with a huge wealth of experience.
Contributing, Hon. Olusola Owolabi representing Ibadan North East II, bemoaned the loss of a workaholic, political juggernaut and one who encouraged hard work.
Owolabi pointed out that the late Ajimobi’s legacies, for eight years as governor, will be unmatched in the next 10 years, at least.
On his part, the member representing Afijio constituency, Hon. Seyi Adisa, said the state had lost a legend, an enigma, a visioner, an assertive and courageous leader.
Echoing Ajimobi’s appellation as the architect of modern Oyo State, Adisa said the former governor left achievements that cannot be erased in the history of the state.
Speaking, Minority Leader, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape described the loss of Ajimobi as most sensitive to the Oyo State chapter of the APC. He said it came at a time when the party was trying to mend fences.
He described Ajimobi as an enigma, icon, colossus, master strategist, a courageous and outspoken man.
Though he described the loss as sad and painful, Alarape said his solace was in the fact that Ajimobi lived a fulfilled life.
Rendering his tribute, Hon. Bamigboye Jacob representing Oriire constituency asked the Governor Seyi Makinde-led government to immortalise the former governor by naming one of the state’s public institutions after him.
He regarded the late Ajimobi as an administrator per excellence, going by the unprecedented achievements in infrastructural development, peace and security.
Lauding Ajimobi as one who understood the nitty-gritty of Oyo politics, Bamigboye described the death of the former governor as devastating to the Oyo APC.
Hon. Wumi Oladeji, representing Ogbomoso North constituency, recounted meetings where Ajimobi showed a high sense of humility, understanding and possession of a large heart.
Oladeji pointed out that the late former governor cherished persons who are 100 percent loyal to their benefactors or political leaders.
Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Olufemi Oluwafowokanmi said Ajimobi served the state with pure intentions that is evident in his utterances.