Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
For elder statesman and two time Governor of Midwestern region and Bendel state, Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, it was celebration all the way as eminent citizens of Edo state, including Governor Adams Oshiomhole celebrated him at 84.
Ogbemudia, at a colourful birthday dinner held in his honour at the New Era Secondary School Benin, now named after him as Samuel Ogbemudia Secondary School, called on people of the state to vote massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the September 28 election in the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, in order for him to continue from where Governor Oshiomhole stopped.
Ogbemudia noted that Obaseki has what it takes to drive the ship of the state to the next level and therefore urged all and sundry across the three senatorial districts of the state to mobilise the electorate for the epic battle come next week.
He said “I do not know how to start this speech, firstly because two days ago when the governor (Oshiomhole) told me that there would be a banquet I thought it was a joke and I never knew he would be able to bring together so many people as we have seen here today. “
So, I do believe that if he can be able to get these number of people together like he had done today to vote for Obaseki I think the victory is already assured.”
He said the New Era secondary was set up to cater for the academic needs of young Edo children in dire need for development of their talents as there ought to be a school where children coming of age can be trained when they are young.
Ogbemudia therefore appealed to the Principal and management of the school to strive towards maintaining the school, adding that the major problem confronting the nation’s institutions is the inability to imbibe the culture of maintenance and to make money out of such facilities.
While expressing appreciation for the honour done him, the elder statesman and celebrant commended Governor Oshiomhole for the courageous decision to transform the school even as he lauded the outgoing governor for the numerous achievements that cut across the three senatorial distrust if the state.
Ogbemudia also harped on the need for the country to enshrine the principles of true federalism which he said would encourage the judiciary and other sectors of the economy as against the present semi centralised government.