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Mr Talk and Do: Dapo Abiodun Honours Osoba +Why The Revered Politician Loves and Adores Ogun Governor

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Mr Talk and Do: Dapo Abiodun Honours Osoba +Why The Revered Politician Loves and Adores Ogun Governor

Mr Talk and Do: Dapo Abiodun Honours Osoba +Why The Revered Politician Loves and Adores Ogun Governor
May 28
06:24 2021

…His Staunch Belief in DA

If Governor Dapo Abiodun starts a school on leadership and governance, many a politician would definitely be his most ardent students.

The dashing and debonair Prince tickles Ogun from the cities to the boondocks. He is a visionary too. He’s got great dreams for Ogun State, no doubt, and an excellent palate for the iconic in arts, politics and industry.

Unlike his peers in other states, who stifle their domains, like Victorian overlords trampling the peace and shoots of genius without a care in the world, Governor Abiodun understands that good governance goes beyond providing infrastructure and enabling growth across all spheres. He understands the significance of symbolic acts and gestures; this is why he leaves no stone unturned in recognizing and respecting the elders in the state. Among the preeminent elders who do not joke with him is the former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba.

Some days ago, Abiodun named after officially inaugurated Olusegun Osoba Press Centre located at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The governor said that the Press Centre was named after the former governor of the state as a demonstration of the commitment of the incumbent government to press freedom and in appreciation of the cordial relationship his administration enjoys with the media.

Describing Osoba as a “nationalist and an achiever,” Abiodun said the former governor would always be remembered for using journalism to contribute to nation-building rather than divide it.

He said Osoba’s exemplary contributions to journalism had helped him to attain a greater height in politics, urging media practitioners to emulate the professionalism demonstrated by the former governor.

In his remark, Osoba lauded Abiodun for the honour, noting: “This singular action of yours has impacted positively on my life and will elongate my years on earth.”

According to him, the naming of the Press Centre after him has erased his 16 years of traumatic period after leaving office, describing the honour as “emotional.”

Osobasaid he went through the most traumatising 16 years of his life in the hands of his successors after leaving office in 2003.

He said: “When I left office, I was so harassed to the point that all the plaques and symbols of all the projects I did were the first to be removed throughout the state”.

“You will not know how many hours you have added to my life with this action today. It maybe hours, weeks, days and years, but you have added something very great to my life today.
“The first 16 years of my leaving this office have been very, very traumatic. I became a snake that doesn’t go back to where it has turn over its skin. The premises (governor’s office) became no go area for me.

“In first eight years, I was virtually declared persona non grata in Ogun State. I couldn’t come to Abeokuta not to talk of visiting the office of the governor. The other eight years also became problematic.”

Osoba said that contrary to the general belief that he produced Dapo Abiodun as governor, he was only part of the process that led to his emergence, saying: “I didn’t produce Governor Dapo Abiodun.”

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