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Oyebanji, Fayemi pay tribute to late Ekiti ex-Dep Gov Egbeyemi


Oyebanji, Fayemi pay tribute to late Ekiti ex-Dep Gov Egbeyemi

Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, on Wednesday, led former governors of the state, former deputy governors, and prominent citizens to pay glowing tributes to the immediate past deputy governor, the late Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, at a special commendation service organised by the state government in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Egbeyemi, who died on March 18, was deputy governor of the state from October 16, 2018, to October 15, 2022.

On hand to bid farewell to the late deputy governor at the Commendation Service/Evening of Tribute were former governor, Segun Oni, incumbent deputy governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, wife of the governor, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, and wife of former governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, former deputy governors Biodun Aluko and Prof Modupe Adelabu, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice John Oyewole Adeyeye and the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Bunmi Adelugba, among other prominent citizens of the state.

Governor Oyebanji described the late Egbeyemi as a statesman of repute, a respected community leader, and a great lover of his people who made significant contributions to the growth and development of the state in the different capacities he served.

Oyebanji, who recalled that the late deputy governor had been a mentor, leader, and father figure to him right from his days as a lecturer in the state-owned university, and when he joined the Otunba Niyi Adebayo-led government, said the people of Ado-Ekiti in particular and Ekiti State in general would miss him.

“We are here to celebrate the life and times of our dear leader. Baba lived well and served well, and we all have one good thing or another to say about Baba. I want to appeal to all our people to support and show love to the children and the family beyond this burial ceremony. Yes, we are all here now, but how many of us can the children reach when they need a father figure, how many of us will be there for them,” he stated.

Former Governor Fayemi, under whom the late Egbeyemi served as deputy governor between 2018 and 2022, described the late politician as a stabilising force in his political journey since their first meeting through former Governor Niyi Adebayo in 2006.

Fayemi, who spoke through his wife, Erelu Fayemi, at the commendation service, said Otunba Egbeyemi was always one of the go-to people for anyone aspiring to important political positions in the state.

“He was in charge of one of the most sensitive issues in our state, that of chieftaincy, and he handled it with dexterity and capacity, mindful of the place of tradition in our society,” he stated.

According to him, with Otunba Egbeyemi’s hard work, integrity, and maturity, he could not have asked for a better deputy governor.

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