- Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reacted to the death of Senator Bayo Oshinowo
- Oshinowo, until his death on Monday, June 15, represented Lagos East senatorial district at the Senate
- Tinubu said he was devastated by Oshinowo's death
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reacted to the death of the senator representing Lagos East senatorial district, Bayo Oshinowo.
Legit.ng reports that Oshinowo died on Monday, June 15, in Lagos of an undisclosed ailment.
In a message he personally signed and sent to Legit.ng, Tinubu described Oshinowo's exit as a rude shock to him and many people of Lagos state.
He said that the deceased was more than a close friend and his political associate, adding that over the years he became like a family member and brother in so many ways.
"The sudden, unexpected passing of Senator Bayo Osinowo has deeply hurt me and Lagosians. He was more than a close friend and political associate. Over the years he became like a family member and brother in so many ways," the statement read.
The APC leader noted that Oshinowo’s contributions to the return of democracy were significant and enduring, stressing that he provided good leadership when he was a member of Lagos state House of Assembly.
The statement further read: "Bayo and I have come a long way, dating back to our days in the pro-democracy struggles. We both enlisted in the Social Democratic Party where he served so well as the youth chairman of that party during the third republic and later in the Alliance for Democracy in 1998 after the restoration of democracy. Bayo’s contributions to the return of democracy were significant and enduring.
"As a prominent political figure in Lagos, he served our state with dedication, passion and concern for the common man. In the Lagos State House of Assembly, where he was a four-time member from 2003 to 2019 representing Kosofe Constituency 1, he was more than a member of that House. He provided leadership. He was a stabilising figure. He worked hard and tirelessly to make Lagos a better place. He cared for all Lagosians."
Tinubu added that Oshinowo's election in 2019 to represent Lagos East in the Senate demonstrated not only his immense political skills but also the affection the people have for him and his popularity.
He said the deceased, while in the National Assembly, he discharged himself creditably as chairman Senate committee on Industries.
"Like the committee he headed, Bayo was extremely industrious. Bayo was not born with riches. He rose from a modest background to the great heights that he attained.
"His death hurt all who know him. Bayo was more than an excellent politician. As great a politician he was, Bayo was an even better person. He was a man of a kind heart and ready smile. His loyalty and enthusiasm was legendary, just as his generosity.
People loved him. So many tears have been shed. However, we must summon the strength to carry on as he would want us to do," Tinubu added.
He, however, pray God to grant him Al-Janna Firdaus and give his family the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Oshinowo's death came as a rude shock to many people especially those who have a close acquaintance with the late senator in Lagos.
It was reported that before he got a political promotion into the Senate in 2019, the late lawmaker was a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly between 2003 and 2019.
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