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Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, has said his administration will uphold the legacies of the late General Adeyinka Adebayo, the former Military Governor of the old Western State just as He promised to honour the deceased a state burial.
He stated this on Saturday in Ikeja, Lagos, when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said the late General was a man of many parts who wielded power with humility.
He said, "One can imagine the enormous power he wielded as the governor of the old Western State comprising Oyo,Osun, Ogun, Ekiti and Ondo states. He left many legacies and we will uphold them. Baba lived a life well spent and it is not that
we are mourning him, but we are celebrating his ife.
"The issue of the burial of the General is not a political matter. He was a man of so many parts and we will celebrate him and give him a state burial. I will liaise with my brother governors in the South-West on how the programme will go. He
represented the Yoruba race and he did well." he said.
Governor Fayose also called on the family to let the Ekiti State Government know the update on the burial arrangements.
A son of the deceased, who is also the first civilian governor of Ekiti State,Otunba Niyi Adebayo, in his remarks, described Governor Fayose as ‘Omo Baba'(Daddy’s son), saying Fayose and his late father had a good rapport.
"When I was welcoming you, I described you as ‘Omo Baba’ because in fairness to you, you had a great rapport with our late Dad. Anytime Baba was in Ekiti you were always there for him. He really appreciated those kind gestures.
"Like you rightly said, the burial of Baba is not going to be a political affair. Baba was apolitical and I assure you that we as a family are happy to give our Baba the due he deserved. We will put up the committees and your nominees witll be there," he said.
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