Late former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, would be happy in his grave as his son, Hon. Adedapo Lam-Adesina assisted indigent but brilliant students from Ibadan.
Organized in conjunction with the Federation of Ibadan Students Union, FIBSU, hundreds of students, drawn from various higher institutions of learning, were given financial assistance.
Party executives from all the wards in the two local governments where he represents also went home with huge amount of money, worth millions of naira.
Lam-Adesina, who represents Ibadan North East-Ibadan South East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said the gesture was one his ways of giving back to the society.
According to him: “This is the second time we will be organising this. I am resolute in my quest to make sure I deliver the promises I made. About two times, I came to you to solicit votes. I promised to set up an educational scheme. I promised that many of you will benefit from the scheme. I am very sure that we are transparent enough in the selection of beneficiaries. I can assure you that those who are yet to benefit will also be considered in the future.”
Party and community leaders, who spoke at the end, commended the lawmaker, advising others to emulate the youthful lawmaker.
Dr. Kola Balogun, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he was not surprised with the gesture of the former commissioner. He said he has been watching him keenly for long. “I knew his father. He was one of the few progressives who practised what they preached. I was surprised the day he came to visit me, uninvited. I was humbled.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Olajire Mohammed and Latifah Ibitoye said that they were grateful, adding that they would cherish the gesture eternally.
At the event were top chieftains of APC which included the mother of the lawmaker, Alhaja Sarat Adesina, state secretary of APC, Hon. Mojeed Olaoya, Hon. Sakiru Fajinmi, Engr. Kayode Arowolo and others.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker has appealed to aggrieved party members to close ranks and move ahead. At a meeting presided over by him at the Lam-Adesina Hall, Felele, Ibadan, he said: “You will recall that I decided to organise this monthly meeting in order to reconcile all aggrieved members of our party. For me, we are all one in Oyo APC. Nothing can divide us. We may be angry but let us work together with those who have been appointed. Let’s do like we have always done. To make me happy, I will want all aggrieved members to close ranks,” he advised.