- The All Progressives Congress (APC) loses a chieftain, Samuel Ojebode, in Oyo state
- Ojebode, until his death, was the overall leader of the party in Oyo federal constituency
- Some chieftains of the party express sadness as they mourn the demise of Ojebode
It is a moment of grief for the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the party has lost one of its leaders, Samuel Ojebode.
Ojebode, a renowned Awoist and leader of the APC in Oyo state, died late Saturday, November 14, at the age of 87.
In a condolence message, a senator from the state, Teslim Folarin, expressed sorrow.
In a statement by Yekeen Olaniyi in Ibadan, Folarin described Ojebode’s demise as another great loss to the progressives family in Nigeria.
The senator said:
“I’m saddened over the demise of our father, great leader and benefactor, Pa Samusl Ojebode. Baba was a thorough-bred ‘awoist’ all through his lifetime.
“His contributions to the progressives cause and my electoral victory in 2019 were immeasurable.
“Baba’s last most crucial political assignment on earth was marked with monumental electoral victories as he delivered House of Assembly seats, House of Representatives seats and Oyo Central Senatorial seat to APC."
Folarin recalled that the APC leader hosted peaceful, fruitful and rancour-free meetings of the members of the party in Oyo federal constituency.
He said Ojebode was an exemplary leader, who was bold and had oratorical prowess, bluntness, integrity and dexterity.
“I will miss Baba. He was quite steadfast and dogged in defence of good governance and his death has robbed the progressive family of one of its eloquent defenders.
“Pa Ojebode, until his death, played vital roles in the stability and reconciliation process in Oyo APC."
In his condolence message, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Professor Adeolu Akande, chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), commiserated with the family, friends and APC members in the state over the incident.
According to Akande, Ojebode was a renowned politician and uncommon leader who would be sorely missed.
“Apart from being a principled politician, Baba was blunt to a fault. He was a committed ‘awoist’.
“Till he breathed his last, he was always giving advice and suggestion on how our party can be truly reconciled, and become virile to prosecute future elections.
“He would call a spade by its name. And for that, he was an uncommon leader. No doubt, we will definitely miss him."
Akande recalled how the party recently lost some leaders including Chief Adelere, Chief Samuel Farinu and Pa Samuel Akindele.
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