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80th Birthday: Osinbajo, Oshiomhole Attend Oyegun’s Abuja Party     

Oyegun takes 80th birthday party to Abuja.     

Funsho Akinwale

Eminent personaltlies, including Vice President Osinbajo, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday attended the Abuja party hosted by former APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie –Oyegun to mark his 80th birthday.

Others who honoured Oyegun included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, while Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the UN, was the Guest Speaker.

Governors, including Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State, also attended the birthday ceremony.

The Abuja party held yesterday after a thanksgiving and reception held last week in Benin city, the Edo State capital.

Osinbajo, in his remarks, noted that he had always admired the former national chairman for so many 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.

“As a founding member of Alliance for Democracy, member of National Democratic Coalition and founding member of the APC and its first Chairman, one who led the party to its historic victory to unseat the ruling party.

Responding, Oyegun said that at 80, he was grateful to God for being nice to him, as he had achieved most things he set out to achieve.

“Fortunately today, I doubt if there is any corner of Nigeria where there are not highly qualified Nigerians and the time has come for merit to become the sole determinant of positioning and placing people,” he said.