While expressing sadness over what he termed another sad and irreparable loss, not only to Ondo State but Nigeria and the entire world, Dr. Mimiko paid glowing tribute to Dr Orojo whom he described as a doyen and icon of the legal profession.
Mimiko, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, in a press statement last Tuesday, noted that “the landmark judgement in 1983 by Dr Olakunle Orojo in the court case of Adekunle Ajasin versus Akin Omoboriowo in which he returned the petitioner, Chief Ajasin as the duly elected governor of the old Ondo State, a judgement affirmed by both the Appeal and Supreme Courts, thus becoming an authority for judges in the subsequent returns of petitioners whose mandates were stolen during election as amplified by our recent victory at the law courts in Ondo State.”
While commiserating with the family, Dr Mimiko said: “On behalf of the good people of Ondo State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence and sympathy to the family of Dr Olakunle Orojo. He was a great jurist, lawyer and an institution in the nation’s legal profession. It was a very personal and sad loss to us in Ondo State and we join millions of others to mourn a great son of this state.
“We also commiserate with the members of legal profession over this irreparable loss. Pa Orojo would be sorely missed but we are happy for his numerous contributions to the growth of the legal profession and the nation as a whole.”
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