The death of Senator Adebayo Hamzat Salami, an illustrious son of Osogbo, has been described as shocking and devastating.
Dr Ajibola Basiru stated this in a condolence message to the family of the deceased politician. According to the Statement, Senator Bayo Salami was one of the pivots on which the progressives in Osun rested at the return of democracy in 1999.
“Senator Salami joined forces with the likes of Chief Bisi Akande, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others to entrench progressives politics in the Southwest and particularly, Osun. He was a mercurial politician whose period in the Senate laid a foundation for subsequent senators from Osun Central. We have lost a political icon,” Senator Basiru lamented.
Senator Bayo Hamzat Salami,a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, was chairman, Olorunda Local Government and Governorship candidate on the platform of the National Republican Convention in the aborted third Republic before he got elected into the Senate in 1999 on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy.
He was member, Senate Committee on Public accounts, Power, Mines and Steel and Water Resources. He was reported to have breathed his last in a US hospital during a brief illness.
Sympathising with the immediate and extended families of Senator Bayo Salami and the Ataoja of Osogbo, Senator Ajibola Basiru prayed Allaah to accept the return of the deceased and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.