Dr. Adepoju Ajayi FCA, Chairman of the Ado-Ekiti Trustees Committee, has issued a tribute on behalf of the Ado-Ekiti community to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of the former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, who was also recognized as one of the prominent pillars of the Committee.
Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, from the beginning, stood among the triumphant saints until his passing on March 18, 2023, nearing the conclusion of the nation’s general election.
In a press statement co-signed by the Secretary-General of the Ado Trustees Committee, Dr. Jadesola Taiwo Babatola, and the PRO CSP Dolapo Badmus, Dr. Adepoju Ajayi expressed the passing of Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi as an irreversible and deeply painful loss to the people of Ado-Ekiti and the entire Ekiti State.
Dr. Adepoju Ajayi paid tribute to the iconic and illustrious Ado-Ekiti Chieftain, describing him as a foremost Nigerian lawyer and a notable politician. Throughout his lifetime, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi served his monarch and the greater Ado-Ekiti community with unwavering dedication, vigor, and unparalleled honesty.
Dr. Adepoju Ajayi highlighted that Otunba Egbeyemi received his elementary and secondary education in Ekiti. Notably, he served as a laboratory assistant and bursar in a Grammar School in Ekiti from 1969 to 1972 while concurrently pursuing his West Africa School Certificate Examination as a private student in the Ordinary and Advanced Levels.
He later became an alumnus of the University of Lagos College of Education
where he studied Biology and Physical Education and passed with Distinctions.
Still determined to pursue a more dignifying profession, he proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he studied Law and graduated in 1980 before moving to the Nigerian Law School prior to his call to bar as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1981.
As a charismatic youth and community leader, he served as the President of the Physical Education Students Association of the University of Lagos College of Education in 1974 and the President of
the Law Students Association at Ife University in 1978.
He was also the Youth Leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria in Ondo State during the Second Republic and got elected as a member of the
State House of Assembly in 1983 before the military returned to power.
Otunba Egbeyemi was later elected as Chairman of Ado-Ekiti Local Government and performed creditably well endearing him to the people’s heart at the grassroots.
The new King’s Market behind Ewi’s Palace which he expanded and modernized quickly became known as OJA BISI while he was upgraded by the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti as the OTUNBA of ADO-EKITI.
During the administration of Governor Niyi Adebayo in Ekiti State, Otunba Egbeyemi served as the Commissioner for Education and later as the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General.
He was an industrious Entrepreneur with business diversification in hospitality and table water manufacturing among others. He also served as a Director of Owena Motels and Odua Investment
Company Limited between 2010 and 2014.
He contested as Deputy Governor of Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the 2018 election under the All Progressive Congress and won the election. No doubt, his choice by the party was due to his popularity in Ado Ekiti and in Ekiti as a whole.
He remained a committed church leader at the Cathedral of Emmanuel, Okesa, Ado-Ekiti, and a notable adviser and confidant of the throne of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti.
Dr. Adepoju Ajayi extolled the attributes of Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi as a political and community leader. He noted that he was a role model whose positive roles spurred many notable indigenes of
Ado-Ekiti to associate with the Ewi’s Palace and to regularly consult and take steps to contribute towards developmental projects and various activities geared towards the development of Ado Ekiti as a mega city.
In praying for the repose of the soul of the elder statesman and iconic political leader who became a point of reference through his varied support for the Ewi’s throne since the emergence of
Alayeluwa Oba Dr. Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, he called on all Ado- Ekiti Sons and Daughters to make it a duty to participate in the funeral activities organized for the late Deputy
He prayed that the wife and children he left behind and his political family would continue to wax stronger and stand as a good reference point to emulate in the community.
The burial arrangements for the late Deputy Governor is slated for Wednesday 31st May to Friday
2nd (today) June, 2023 at Ado-Ekiti.