By Samuel Adegoke
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, has described Chief Akin Ojebode, who passed on at the weekend as an embodiment of truth and honesty in politics.
Adewusi, in his reaction to the news of the death of Ojebode, said he knew the late politician to be a man of very strong convictions who was neither swayed by material advantages or personal interests.
Ojebode reportedly died on Saturday.
Adewusi, who is also the Postmaster-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Postal Service, said the death of Ojebode has further depleted the rank of the old progressives who demonstrated that politics must be for the good of the common man.
“Chief Ojebode was a good specimen in speaking the truth to power. A man of very strong conviction, even if he did not support your ambition, you would see the genuineness of his positions and stance on every political decision he took.
He was not selfish. He was only concerned about the good of all. He was a major pillar for the APC.” Adewusi stated in a statement on Sunday.
Lamenting the place of Ojebode in the politics of Oyo, Adewusi said the progressive rank would definitely feel the vacuum left by the late politician.
While praying for the repose of his soul, the Postmaster-General said the present crop of politicians have enough to learn from politicians of the Ojebode’s ilk.
“If we desire that politics serves its very genuine purpose, we must emulate the likes of Ojebode who never allowed interests of the self to override the interest of the generality of the people. I sympathise with his family and political associates. And I express my sympathy with the entire APC in Oyo State,” Adewusi concluded.