Former  INEC REC, Ayoka Adebayo, laid to rest in Abeokuta 

…Baptist Church mourns 



CITIZENS COMPASS –The remains of the late Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti and Ondo States and notable Òwu Abeokuta woman leader, Chief Mrs Olusola Ayoka Adebayo have been laid to rest.

Her burial took place over the weekend, at her country home, off Kuforiji Olubi Road, Ibara, Abeokuta.

At the funeral service held at the Baptist Church, Totoro, the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Israel Adelani Akanji in his special sermon, remarked that the late INEC REC received encomiums from both near and far, including Nigerians in Diaspora. 

In a statement released by Kehinde Akinyemi, the Special Assistant on Media to the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, hinted that the service was attended by a large unprecedented crowd, including former President,  Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, his wife, Bola and some his children.

The Baptist Convention President, described late Adebayo “as a great mother that supported the ministry, very accommodating, bold, straightforward, non-biased, a child of God and follower of Jesus Christ.”

To Akanji, “her life has come to challenge us on life and how to live with it. All remarks from near and far and those in Diaspora corroborate each other of her goodness and Godliness. She was never involved in conspiracy, she was extremely humble.

The Cleric added the late Adebayo was a woman everybody would want to be proud to have as a mother, as she had finished the race and have the faith.

Former Ogun State governors, Sen. Gbenga Daniel and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun both described her as an exemplary citizen of the country, particularly her role as the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State.

In his tribute, the Osun State Deputy Governor,  Prince Kola Adewusi noted that as a young man, Mama Wole, as she was fondly called, was never discriminatory, saying, “Mummy will treat every one of us as her own biological children.

“Go to her house you have unlimited access. She is always ready to listen to issues affecting any one of us and deal with appropriately…,” Adewusi stated.

To the Olowu of Owu, Abeokuta, Oba (Prof.) Saka Adelola Matemilola, “Chief Mrs. Adebayo was a beacon of grace and wisdom, a woman whose life was dedicated to the service of others.

“Her profound impact on education and public service, coupled with her unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community, distinguished her as a true leader and a role model. Her kindness and generosity are limitless, as she touched countless lives with her compassionate spirit,” Olowu stated.

One of the late children of Mama, Akogun Oluwole Adebayo noted in his tribute that his mother “taught me that in life, God comes first and put me on the path of        knowing that only God can do it. No matter what it is. Patience is one of her greatest virtues. 

“She would say, “Put in your best and let God take care of the rest and always let God fight for you,” he stated.

Families, friends and well-wishers later converged on the Marque of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library for a befitting reception with ageless Juju Maestro, Evang. Ebenezer Obey on the band stand.


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