By Godson Ikiebey-
The national chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, was conspicuously absent at the 80th birthday ceremony of John Oyegun, his predecessor.
Also absent were President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC.
The event took place in Benin, capital of Edo state, on Monday, August 12, 2019.
APC leaders in attendance include, Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, and Rotimi Akeredolu, his Ondo counterpart and Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo.
However chieftains of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were on ground to celebrate with Oyegun.
Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP, attended a thanksgiving mass organised for Oyegun at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin.
Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo state, Gabriel Igbinedion, Esama of Benin, Dan Orbih, PDP chairman in the state, also attended the service.
At the mass, Archbishop Augustine Akubueze of the Catholic archdiocese of Benin, described Oyegun as a humble, patriotic and fine politician who devoted his life to the development of the country. He said:
“Our political leaders should know that those who want peace must work for justice for all Nigerians, knowing that justice brings peace and development”.
The archbishop also commended the “developmental strides” of the Obaseki-led administration.
“In you, we have seen a technocrat who doesn’t believe in wasting state resources but rather believes in using the finances to work for the good of the people”.
The archbishop urged Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole to work for the good of the state.