On the occasion of Chief Olusegun Osoba 78th Birthday Celebration in Abeokuta on Saturday, it was a beehive as top politicians from every nook and cranny of the gateway state, gathered at his residence to celebrate him.
20 Lgs, 57 Local Council from all parties came
The politicians who came from the 20 local government areas and 57 local council development areas to grace the colorful occasion cut across all political parties in the state.
Some of the political parties that were represented at the event include the All Progressives Congress, APC; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Social Democratic Party, SDP; and the newly registered Action Democratic Party, ADP.
Old and new political brigades were well represented
The family of the first civilian governor of Ogun State, Olabisi Onabanjo, was led by his daughter, Bukola Onabanjo, to the event.
In goodwill messages, chieftains of various political parties commended Mr. Osoba’s leadership qualities of transparency and honesty, saying he practiced politics without bitterness
In his comment, a former chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Olu Agemo, said the event was jointly organised by all political interests in the state. He thanked all who contributed to the event.
Also speaking, a former National Treasurer of the PDP, Bode Mustapha, said he was happy that Mr. Osoba remained a rallying point in Ogun State politics. He expressed optimism that Mr. Osoba’s choice of governorship candidate will take over in 2019, and called for support of all well-wishers to support the course.
Akin Odunsi, a senator, said the event was an indication that Mr. Osoba was a man with a large heart and of many parts, who accommodates all, irrespective of political lineage.
Akin Odunsi, one of the current senator representing Ogun State in the Senate said the event was an indication that Mr. Osoba was a man with a large heart and of many parts, who accommodates all, irrespective of political lineage.
Governorship aspirants were not left out at Osoba 78th Birthday Celebration
Smart aspirants for various elective position in the parties used the opportunity of the event to showcase their ambition ahead of the 2019 general elections with banners of appreciation to Mr. Osoba.
Senator Yayi Adeola, a senator from Lagos, said, “Baba, over the years, has shown to us that being consistently principled in public life is possible; you have demonstrated sterling leadership qualities, transparency, dedication, accountability, trustworthiness and tenacity of purpose as a great leader.”
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“Osoba has touched and impacted many lives in so many positive ways as well as played very critical roles in the life of Ogun State, Yorubaland and indeed Nigeria nation,” the APC lawmaker said.
Senator Adeola, a Logos state senator but a native of Ogun State is said to be interested in becoming Ogun State governor in 2019.
Another politician, Oluyinka Akintomide, said Mr. Osoba has remained his political mentor, who has impacted his life positively.
A PDP member of the House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu, also eulogised Mr. Osoba for his style of politics, which he said was devoid of bitterness. This politician is also known to be eyeing the governorship position of the state in 2019.
The event was also attended by transport union leaders, market women, students’ union leaders and other well-wishers.
Osoba 78th Birthday was written by Banjo with materials from Premium Times