Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the demise of eminent lawyer, Chief G.O.K. Ajayi as the end of a chapter that shaped the legal profession in Nigeria.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said Ajayi’s place in the annals of the evolution of democracy in the country is eternally secured.
Describing Ajayi as a fearless lawyer and people’s advocate, Fayemi said the deceased chose to stay on the side of the people by defending the mandate given to the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola in the court of law at the risk of his life.
He noted that Ajayi was an inspiration to Abiola and other pro-democracy activists in the struggle to re- validate June 12, 1993 presidential election widely acknowledged as the freest and fairest in the political history of Nigeria.
Fayemi also described Ajayi as a great legend of the legal profession whose contribution to human rights, advocacy and jurisprudence would remain indelible in the memory of Nigerians.
The Governor pointed out that Ajayi used his knowledge of law to right the perceived wrongs in the society and was faithful to the ethics of his profession.
Ajayi, according to him, was a shining light to fellow lawyers and other Nigerians as he built a good name in his field with the acronym ‘GOK synonymous with excellence in the legal profession in Nigeria. He said the deceased by the dint of hard work built one of the foremost law chambers in Nigeria and left a great name that was not tainted in almost sixty years of active practice.
Fayemi urged the family of the deceased to take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived a fulfilled life and positively touched his generation.
The Governor expressed his condolences to the family members, relations, friends and associates of the deceased praying God to grant them the courage to bear the monumental loss.
Last modified: March 31, 2014