The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, celebrating the former governor of the state and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on his 81st birthday, said the elder statesman speaks “truth to power when it matters the most”.
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
“As a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service, he was a solid administrator, pursuing germane reforms to retool Nigeria’s civil service for greatness.
“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.”
Obaseki revealed that he was overwhelmed by Chief Odigie-Oyegun’s meekness and forthrightness, and also with his “speak truth to power when it matters the most.”
He added: “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.”