Tragedy occurred on Monday as Senator representing Lagos East in the National Assembly, Mr. Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo, is dead. He was aged 64.
Osinowo popularly known as (Pepperito), an All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwart and lawmaker, was a former member of Lagos State House of Assembly for 16 years.
Osinowo succeeded two-term Senator Gbenga Ashafa at the Senate.
However, Osinowo was said to have died of COVID-19 complications, there were conflicting reports that he had been at the special intensive unit of Lagos cardiologist centre, Ikoyi, on COVID-19 treatment.
Another report had it that three days earlier, he was taking in at the Yaba Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) before his death on Monday, June 15th.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos confirmed the report, describing it as ‘regrettable.”
The Publicity Secretary of APC in Lagos, Mr. Seye Oladejo, when contacted, said, “Its true, Osinowo is dead. This is regrettable at this critical period.”
APC statement read, “The All Progressives Congress, Lagos State, regret to announce the passage of Senator Bayo Osinowo, the senator representing Lagos East.
“We commiserate with our National Leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his immediate family and the entire Lagos State APC on this shocking loss.
“Senator Bayo Osinowo, it will be recalled, was in the forefront of the battle to entrench democratic governance. He was, particularly, a leading light, in the struggle for the revalidation of June 12.
“He was a strong pillar and a stabilizing force as a long-serving member of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“Pepper, as he was widely known, will be remembered for his wise counsel, matured leadership, loyalty to the party and commitment to democratic ideals.
“May Almighty Allah repose his soul, forgive his sins and grant his numerous admirers the fortitude to bear this great loss.”