- Obaseki has hailed Oyegun as he turns 81
- According to the Edo state governor, Oyegun is not afraid to speak truth to power
- Going further, he said Oyegun's life is worthy of emulation
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The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has hailed ex-governor of the state and former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on his 81st birthday, extolling his virtues as an elder statesman and applauding his candour in speaking ‘truth to power when it matters the most.’
In a statement, the governor said it was heartwarming and soothing to celebrate with Chief Odigie-Oyegun as he adds another year, noting that he meritoriously served Edo State and Nigeria in his eventful career as a civil servant, a public servant and a politician.
According to him: “I am elated to celebrate with Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, a quintessential gentleman, who continues to lead an enviable life that is worthy of emulation by all and sundry.
“When he served as governor, he brought panache and finesse to governance, ensuring that a solid foundation was laid for the development of the state.”
According to the governor, Odigie-Oyegun out all these years is his meekness and forthrightness as well as a rare knack to “speak truth to power when it matters the most.”
“As we celebrate Chief Odigie-Oyegun today, it must be reiterated that he remains a key figure in efforts to transform Edo state and position her for greatness. He has done his bit and continues to work towards engendering sustainable development and prosperity for Edo people in particular and Nigeria in general,” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it has shelved the idea of suspending the Edo governorship election after political parties complied with its notice over threats of violence.
Festus Okoye, INEC's national commissioner for information and chairman of voter education, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 12.
He assured Nigerians that the September 19 Edo governorship election will go ahead as planned.
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The INEC official said that the commission has observed that political parties toned down from the threats of violence ahead with the poll.
He explained that the Edo state governorship election must be conducted before October 13, or else, there would be a constitutional crisis.
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