Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State stood still on Saturday when the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila stormed Okeagbe Akoko for the Civic Reception Party held in honour of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
Gbajabiamila arrived St. George’s
Primary school, the venue of the grand Civic Reception in the company of about 80 other members of the House of Representatives.
Also present at the event was the Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun who came in the company of members of the State Assembly.
Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Olugbenga Ale. The State Chairman of APC, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and the State Women Leader of APC also attended the civic reception. Moreso, all the traditional rulers in Akoko also graced the event. Chief Olusola Oke, Taofeek Abdulsalam, Acting NDDC Managing Director, Engr. Ife Oyedele, Barrister Kayode Ajulo and other important personalities were all at the event.
In his speech, Gbajabiamila
congratulated the people of Akoko North East and West Constituency for given their mandate to Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo and also thanked them for the continuous support of the people of Ondo State for APC.
He said, “I congratulate Ondo State for bagging one of the top Committees at the National Assembly, which is the House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission. Ondo State is the only state at the National Assembly that all the members elected irrespective of party affiliation is appointed into the committee leadership, either as chairman of Committees or deputy chairman. This is not a coincidence, but a design because of the total support given to us by Ondo State during the House leadership election.”
Gbajabiamila particularly commended and thanked Tunji-Ojo for his uncommon support during the leadership election of the House. ” Tunji-Ojo played a major role in the success of House leadership election. He formed the First Timers Legislative Forum and served as its Chairman.
“We all envy Tunji-Ojo seeing that he is using the NDDC to construct a 10km road in Okeagbe. I have never had the opportunity of constructing such number of kilometers of road in my 18 years in the House.
He is a worthy son who has been doing Ondo State proud. Tunji-Ojo has never come to my office for personal reasons. He is always coming to discuss issues that concern Ondo State” remarked Gbajabiamila.
Meanwhile, the Speaker said he regretted not coming on Friday with his other colleagues when he heard good stories of unusual hospitality offered them by Tunji-Ojo. According to Gbajabiamila, ” The food was good, accommodation was nice and weather was also nice. I promise to come back to Ondo State and enjoy what my other colleagues enjoyed yesterday.
Gbajabiamila described BTO a very good member of the House and the more reason why large number of the members of the House of Representative and National Assembly from all the geopolitical zones attended the Civic Reception. He also expressed optimism that Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency would become far better in the next 4 years going by the sterling performance of Tunji-Ojo.
Meanwhile, a political twist was added to the event when over 500 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) decamped to the All Progressive Congress, (APC). The decampees were received by the Engr. Ade Adetimehin, who in turn handed them over to the Chief of Staff, Olugbenga Ale who represented the Governor Akeredolu at the event.