OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday held a valedictory session for late Senator Bayo Osinowo (APC, Lagos).
Osinowo died in June due to complications from the COVID-19.
After announcements and point of orders, the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya moved a motion for the Senate to invoke Order 17 to admit former Senators and members of House of Representatives into the Chamber.
Also, family members, close friends of Osinowo were equally allowed.
Senators then took turns to speak about the deceased.
Omo-Agege: He was a major pillar in Lagos politics…
For the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Osinowo was an ardent party man particularly in Lagos.
“I rise to align myself with all sentiments about our colleague, Mr Bayo Osinowo. Senator Bayo Osinowo left his mark on the sands of time. Here was a man who indeed was a major pillar in the politics of Lagos State. My prayer is that the Almighty God should grant the family the fortitude to deal with this loss. May his soul rest in perfect peace”, Omo-Agege said.
Abaribe: He was a complete grassroots politician…
The Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) described Osinowo as a
“soft guy, very soft spoken and a complete grassroots politician.
“And you can’t move him from there. We will continue to miss him. For the family we have only one thing to say to you, you will always be with Bayo and Bayo will be with you. Even as we mourn him today, we also celebrate his life.”
Olamilekan: Osinowo doesn’t desert people…
Senator representing Lagos West senatorial district, Adeola Olamilekan attested to Osinowo’s loyalty.
“All that is said about my dear brother and egbon is the true position of things. Mr. President, my big brother, my friend Senator Bayo Osinowo is no more. Putting together the last 17 years of his life as a parliamentarian has been very eventful.
“Today, we all celebrate Democracy Day but one of those that paid the price of this democracy we celebrate is Senator Bayo Osinowo. Seven years of his life was spent in incarceration. This is one man that doesn’t desert people”, Olamilekan said.
Amosun: He wasn’t afraid of death…
According to the former Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun), the deceased was not afraid of death.
“Senator Bayo Osinowo played all his politics in Lagos but was a proud son of Ogun State. One thing that he has demonstrated very philosophical is somebody that knows the ephemeral nature of this life. He wasn’t afraid of death. All we can do is to take lesson from his life that we should strive everyday to do more good than bad.
“To take everyday as Grace from Almighty God that as we are seated here, tomorrow anything can happen. I pray the Almighty Allah will grant him Aljannah firdaus and be with his family and his extended family. Good bye our brother, good bye our friend”, Amosun said.
Okorocha: Osinowo’s death came as a rude shock…
Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha (APC, Lagos) described Osinowo’s death as a “rude shock”.
“For every journey that has a beginning must have an end and for every sunrise there must be a sunset. Senator Bayo was a benefactor to thousands of poor people who today would be asking ‘Where would our next meal come from?’ He was a great politician, his death came to us here as a rude shock and it is one death too many in this chamber.
“One thing I rise to celebrate here is the generosity of his spirit that considered the poor in the society. Today we can proudly celebrate this spirit to support any good cause. The question for everyone of us today is what shall we be remembered for? I will like to commiserate with the family. The best we can do for you is to be with you at this moment of grief”, Okorocha added.
After the session, senators observed a minute silence for the deceased and resolved to send a delegation to condole with his family.