“New and younger generation of journalists in the country owe a lot to the quintessential former governor…”
A former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has described his predecessor, Olusegun Osoba, as an elder statesman, astute grassroots politician, and a veteran journalist whose legacies while serving as governor in Ogun could not be easily forgotten.
Mr. Daniel said this in his congratulatory message to his predecessor who turned 75.
He said Mr. Osoba was a grassroots politician who opened up many rural communities and extended electricity supply to the nooks and cranny of the state while in office in line with the rural integration policy of legendary Obafemi Awolowo.
Mr. Osoba, according to Mr. Daniel, was a front-line and fearless journalist of the old stock whose footprint was instrumental to the shaping up of modern journalism in Nigeria.
“New and younger generation of journalists in the country owe a lot to the quintessential former Governor as a patron and veteran of that noble profession,” Mr. Daniel said.
“His involvement in politics both at the State and national level portrays him as an elder statesman whose contributions cannot be wished away among his contemporaries.
“As a leading member of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) towards the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which was roundly won by late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, he proved himself as a democrat who will not stand injustice,” he said.
Mr. Daniel then wished him many more years of service.
It is not clear if the birthday wish is part of efforts at new political realignment in the state.
Mr. Daniel is the leader of the Labour Party in Ogun while Mr. Osoba, a leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is having a running battle with the state governor and fellow party member, Ibikunle Amosun.
Already the APC in the state is split into two factions with each loyal to Messrs. Osoba and Amosun.
Messrs. Osoba and Daniel were avowed enemies during the 8 years tenure of the latter, but there have been reports that reconciliation moves are being considered.