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Tinubu Visits Odumakin’s Widow in Lagos



A former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has paid a condolence visit to Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late former spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.

Naija News understands that the APC National Leader alongside some of his aides visited the residence of Odumakin in Lagos on Monday, to pay their last respect.

Recall that Tinubu had in a statement on Saturday mourned the demise of the late activist, describing the late Odumakin as a committed fighter for democracy

The APC leader noted that the late Odumakin was one of his harshest critics, but was a sincere and honest man who always put Nigeria first despite their political differences.

According to the APC stalwart, the story of Nigeria’s democracy will not be complete without mentioning Odumakin.

Tinubu recalled the contribution of Odumakin to the June 12 struggle after the annulment of the election won by MKO Abiola.

He had said: “In the struggle against the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election and the perpetuation of military dictatorship, Odumakin was never found wanting.

“He was at the vanguard of the battle even at the risk of his life and liberty. It is impossible to credibly tell the story of the emergence of the democracy we enjoy in this dispensation today without emblazoning Odumakin’s name in gold.

“He was a doughty fighter for freedom and the rule of law. He was rock solid in his commitment to Afenifere, the Yoruba people and the several other civil society groups in which he played active roles.”

He added, “In the course of the last two and a half decades, Odumakin and I had cause to collaborate in various organisations and in pursuit of different political causes at different times and I can testify to his capacity for hard work, his brilliance, his tenacity in his loyalty to his cherished principles.

“Even if we differed politically, I had no cause to doubt his sincerity in charting his chosen path. He will forever remain a model of what a citizen who places the good of his country above his personal interest could be.”

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