WorldStage Newsonline– President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other APC chieftains in congratulating Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on his 80th birthday, describing the octogenarian as a true example of a patriot and democrat.
The president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said that Buhari congratulated Odigie-Oyegun on the milestone.
According to Buhari, Odigie-Oyegun’s achievements include becoming a permanent secretary at 30, winning a gubernatorial election in his early 50s and providing visionary leadership to unseat an incumbent government for the first time in Nigeria’s history.
The president affirmed that the former chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party and APC had set a standard for consistency, honesty and integrity in Nigerian politics, having championed the building of strong democratic institutions.
Buhari commended Odigie-Oyegun for promoting the virtue of looking beyond elections and positions to growing and unifying the nation for posterity.
He described the APC stalwart as an active participant in Nigeria’s political development and governance for many years.
Buhari noted that Odigie-Oyegun’s depth of wisdom, maturity, tolerance and penchant for always putting the interest of the nation above self, should serve as a lesson to both old and younger political actors.
The president rejoiced with family members, friends and associates of the former governor of Edo as he becomes an octogenarian, praying that God would give him good health and strength to keep serving the nation.
A TRUE DEMOCRAT
Mr Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman, says former APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun is “a national leader and a committed democrat”.
Secondus, in a statement issued by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, on Sunday in Abuja, described the former Edo governor, who turned 80 on Sunday, as one who had proved himself “a great leader guided by national interest in all that he does”.
“Your great and enviable accomplishments in various sphere of endeavour in the last 80 years make this celebration imperative and deserving.
“To the glory of God, you have, over the years, distinguished yourself as a foremost technocrat whose contributions to socio-political and economic development of our country remain clearly outstanding,’’ he said.
Secondus said that the rare quality of character displayed by Odigie-Oyegun in federal public service stood him out as an accomplished national figure.
He noted that Odigie-Oyegun rose to the peak of his career as Permanent Secretary and later got elected by his people as Edo governor.
Secondus said that the discipline the Octogenarian brought into governance set him aside as an outstanding national leader with a lot of character to bequeath to younger generations.
“Also remarkable is the high moral principle you brought into political party management that aided you to lead your party, the APC, from opposition to ruling party.
“These attributes, and several others too numerous to mention, combined to distinguish you clearly as a committed democrat and a model for younger generation of political leaders,’’ he said.
Secondus also noted the immense contributions of Oyegun to the stability and political growth of the country, saying that he was a role model that had mentored several other generations of leaders.
“Everyone is celebrating you today; the PDP wants to join the crowd in giving honour to whom it is due. We wish you more blissful years ahead,” he said.
AN OUTSTANDING PERSONALITY
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has congratulated former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and first civilian governor of Edo, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on his 80th birthday.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Adviser to Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, the governor lauded Oyegun for his contributions to national development.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Edo State, I wish to felicitate with you, our beloved and distinguished leader, Chief Oyegun, the first opposition party chairman to defeat an incumbent party in a general election.”
Obaseki described Oyegun as an outstanding personality, a product of diligence, truth and hard work right from his days in the Federal Civil Service and all through his political sojourn.
“Your 80th birthday anniversary celebration affords us the opportunity to celebrate your sterling achievements, especially as a true political leader who speaks truth to power when it matters most.
“As you join the octogenarian class today, I wish you good health, more wisdom and happiness,” the governor said.
A DILIGENT WORKER AND EXEMPLARY LEADER
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has felicitated with the first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, who turned 80 years old on Monday, August 12, 2019, describing him as a diligent worker and exemplary leader.
Governor Fayemi in a congratulatory message to Chief Oyegun, described the former Edo State Governor as a thorough bred administrator who built an enviable public service record through sheer hard work, brilliance and integrity.,
The Ekiti State Governor said younger generation of public servants and politicians have a lot to learn from Chief Oyegun’s political philosophy which sees leadership strictly as a call to serve others.
“At 80, Chief Oyegun remains an enigma, a reference point in terms of humility, selfless service and integrity in public service. The younger generation of public servants and politicians have a lot to learn from the track record of this great leader- retired Permanent Secretary, former Governor and the first National Chairman of the APC.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State, I join your well wishers, especially members of our great party, to celebrate you today and wish you all the good things this milestone offers.
“ Above all, I wish you good health, undiluted joy and perfect bliss. Our prayer is that God keeps blessing you with wisdom and good health as you continue contribute to the development of our dear country.” The statement added.