By Mosope Kehinde

The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin has mourned the death of Chief Solomon Ogunjinmi, a PDP Chieftain in Ibarapa North Local Government and Chief Olayiwola Gabriel Adetoyese a.k.a Layi Baale, and a Chieftain of the party in Ibarapa East Local Government.

The two Ibarapa political leaders died within 24 hours.

The death of Chief Solomon Ogunjinmi, a former Executive Chairman of Ibarapa North Local Government, a former Sen. District Chairman and a current member, of Oyo State Civil Service Commission occurred on Tuesday, 30th January 2024 while Chief Layi Baale, a former Oyo South PDP Senatorial Chairman, a former SA Political Matters to late Governor Adebayo Alao Akala and the immediate past member of Oyo State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency, Ruwasa died on Wednesday, 31st January 2024.

The Speaker in a condolence message said he was deeply saddened by the deaths of the two powerful political leaders.

“It was with great sadness that I received the death of Chief Solomon Ogunjinmi and Chief Layi Baale, PDP leaders in Ibarapaland. These two deaths within 24 hours are distressing, unimaginable and painful to me and our great party in Ibarapaland. God has again shocked us to a state of numbness. When political father figures die, the gaps are felt by people who look up to them. Sad to hear that my great leaders have gone to meet with their creator. ” 

Hon. Ogundoyin said the death of Chief Layi Baale was a great and personal loss to him and his political career.

“Chief Olayiwola Gabriel Adetoyese was an essential and integral part of my political journey. He was my guide, political supporter, pillar and mentor. I held him in high regard for his selfless efforts for our party, and I will continue to cherish and treasure the memories we shared. Chief Layi Baale as he was fondly called by everyone was loved by both old and young because of his simple and free nature. He was a great leader and a master strategist whose wealth of political experience was of great benefit to the party. 

” I learned so much from the two leaders. They showed us the way and gave us pristine political tutelage. We have lost political role models, great team leaders and committed party chieftains and their deaths have left vacuums too wide to be filled.” Oyo Speaker said

He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed to God to bless the loved ones they left behind.

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