Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Saturday in Abuja attended the 80th birthday celebration of former APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun .
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, represented President Muhammadu Buhari, while Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN was the guest speaker.
Governors Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa States also attended the event.
Mr Odigie-Oyegun was born Aug. 12, 1939.
Some former governors who served the same period when Mr Odigie-Oyegun was the Governor of Edo State were also present.
In his remark, Mr Osinbajo, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said he had always admired Mr Odigie-Oyegun for two reasons.
“First is that somehow he has always been his own man charting his own course sometimes making some real trouble as for example when as a Federal Permanent Secretary, he risked contempt proceedings when he refused to testify on principle.
“But almost always, you find him on the right side of history; as a founding member of AD, member of NADECO, and founding member of the APC and its first Chairman; one who led the party to its historic victory to unseat the ruling party.
“But the second reason for my admiration is that somehow he manages to be so deep in the politics of Nigeria yet he doesn’t ever look like a politician.
“He sounds always like a fine, well-bred, well-spoken gentleman dragged into politics; but indeed he is a consummate politician and an astute strategist,” he said.