The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) were among the political bigwigs who at the weekend graced the civic reception held in honour of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (BTO) who is representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State at the National Assembly.
Gbajabiamila arrived St. George’s Primary school, Okeagbe-Akoko, the venue of the grand civic reception in the company of over 80 other members of the House of Representatives with massive reception by Akoko people and traditional rulers.
Also present at the event was former governorship candidate in the state, Chief Olusola Oke (SAN), the Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun who came in the company of members of the State Assembly to honour BTO.
Ondo State governor, 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.
In his speech, Gbajabiamila congratulated the people of Akoko North East/North West for giving birth to a worthy son like Tunji-Ojo.
He said, “I congratulate Ondo State for being represented in all the important Committees of the House. 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.
However, Gbajabiamila 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.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, said the ondo state government is pleased with performance of Hon Tunji-Ojo at the National Assembly, noting that his quality representation in a shortest period was encouraging to the people of the state.
In a remark, the lawmaker representing Akoko northeast/northwest federal constituency, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who expressed appreciation to his constituents for giving him the opportunity to represent them, vowed not to disappoint them in his quest to tackle some of the challenges facing them.
Tunji-Ojo who also expressed deep appreciation to Gbajabiamila for finding him worthy to be Chairman, House Committee on Niger-Delta Affairs.
The Lawmaker who described the civic reception/thanksgiving as unprecedented in the history of the area, commended his constituents for coming out en mass to honour him.
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.