Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye and the lawmaker representing Osun Central, Ajibola Bashiru have mourned a chieftain of All Progressive Congress, Senator Adebayo Salami who died on Thursday in the United State of America.
Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ismail Omipidan on Friday, expressed sadness over the death of Senator Adebayo Salami who represented Osun Central at the Senate from 1999 to 2003.
“Sad to learn of the passing of Baba Adinni of Osogbo and chieftain of our party, APC, Senator Adebayo Hamzat Salami. This is a huge loss, not only to his family and friends but to the people of Osogbo and Osun at large.
“My prayers and thoughts are with his family and the Muslim community in Osun. As we mourn Baba Adinni’s demise, I pray Almighty Allah to overlook his shortcomings, grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus, and give the family and all those who mourn his demise the strength to bear this loss”.
In a statement, Senator Bashiru described Salami’s death as shocking and devastating.
His words: “Senator Salami joined forces with the likes of Chief Bisi Akande, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others to entrench progressives politics in the Southwest and particularly, Osun. He was a mercurial politician whose period in the Senate laid a foundation for subsequent senators from Osun Central. We have lost a political icon.”
Similarly,Owoeye in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Alabi to commiserate with the people of Osogbo stated that the death of the politician would leave a temporary vacuum for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osogbo federal constituency.
He stated that Senator Salami’s wise counsels will be sorely missed by the people and government of the state as he regularly and willingly listened to leaders and always had good advice to move the progressive family forward in the state of Osun.