The lawmaker representing Lagos East senatorial district, Senator Bayo Osinowo popularly known as ‘Pepperito”, is dead.
According to reports, Osinowo died this morning aged 64, after a brief illness having been admitted First Cardiology Consultants Hospital for a few weeks.
Osinowo made the headlines after defeating Gbenga Ashafa, then an incumbent senator, in the 2019 primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos east.
He was a four-term member of the Lagos house of assembly, where he represented Kosofe constituency.
Until his death, he served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Investment.
Osinowo started out as a civil servant at the federal ministry of works in 1977. He was managing director of NITAL International, Extreme Piling, Construction Company Ltd and NIMCO Dredging Company.
He started his political career as the youth chairman of the then Social Democratic Party (SDP) – the platform under which late Moshood Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, contested the annulled election.
He is the fourth senator to die in the current senate inaugurated last year. Benjamin Uwajumogu of Imo north died in December followed by Ignatius Longjan who represented Plateau south.
Rose Oko, senator who represented Cross River north, died a month after Longjan.