By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”FORMER Governor Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State whose election was nullified by the Court of Appeal yesterday said he had learnt more lessons in the last one year than he learnt in the past six decades.
He recounted his experiences in the past one year and concluded that he had acquired more lessons about how wicked and shameless human beings could be in the quest for power.
Agagu said these as he celebrated his 62nd birthday with pomp and pageantry. Though, he was full of thanks about the unquantifiable blessings of God for him and his entire family members, he did not fail to tell the mammoth crowd that graced the occasion how he was being haunted, harassed and blackmailed by some people he refused to mention.
The birthday which attracted hundreds of friends of the ex-governor including the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Peoples Democratic Party governors from the South West.
According to him, he has learnt more in the last one year about the capacity and capabilities of human beings than he ever learnt in his previous 61 years.
He said, â€œI have learnt more about peopleâ€™s morals and trust can sink in quest for power. I have learnt more about how fertile manâ€™s mind can be in fabricating lies against fellow man. I have learnt how little the word â€˜trustâ€™ means to some peopleâ€.
The former President, Chief Obasanjo created a little drama as he refused to join the cream of dignitaries on the high table. There was some silence until the former president, in his characteristic manner broke the silence with his rib-cracking jokes.
He told the gathering that he had other events to attend to and would feel comfortable to sit where he could go out freely, adding that he had other engagement that was to start between 12.30 and 1pm.
Many friends of the celebrant spoke glowingly about the mature and non-violent manner through which he (Agagu) practices politics.
The chairman of the occasion, Dr. Segun Oni said they had all come to celebrate a statesman who is a beacon of light to others wishing that the peaceful way the celebrant practiced politics should be a norm in the country.
A book titled â€œOlusegun Agagu- A political portrait was launched and scholarship given to students of the Universities of Ibadan,Â Akure and Akungba who excelled in Geology.
The event was witnessed by the host governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala and his wife, Otunba Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Salmot Badru, wife of the former Oyo State Governor, Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja and Mr. Paul Agboola, International Cards, Ibadan and many other important dignitaries.