By Ola Ajayi & Adeola Badru
Ibadan— Governors, senators, political leaders, friends and associates yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, showered encomuims on the South West Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Ayo Afolabi, who turned 70th yesterday.
Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi; deputy governor of Ogun State, Chief Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, and the Secretary to the State of Osun, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti who represented Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola respectively poured encomiums on the celebrant describing him as an astute politician and a quintessential man.
In his remarks, Governor Ajimobi described the septuagenarian as a lucky, accommodating man who, epitomized progressive politics.
“Mr Afolabi is extremely accommodating. Both in looks and character, he is a quintessential man. One of the politicians whose enormous contributions to politics were not commensurate with the benefits he got so far. He is a respectful and dependable man”, Ajimobi said.
Also, Governor Akeredolu said the celebrant could be likened to a “river that moves and the current under him is so strong. I appreciate you for your consistency in politics. He has never moved out of progressive politics. He did so well. He is very strong in Afenifere Renewal Group which is a product of circumstance when original Afenifere was drifting away, at least to give us in the South West a focus.”
Noting that the day was special indeed, Dr Fayemi said all his exploits since he ventured into politics were exemplary. “He has crossed the rubicon now, he is now Pa Ayo Afolabi. I appreciate him for being a mentor and a teacher of our people.
In attendance at the ceremony were Oba Dokun Abolarin of Oke-Ila kingdom; Oba Lamidi Oke, Atayegun of Ode-Omu; Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide; Dr Adebayo Adewusi, former governorship aspirant, Special Adviser on Political matters to Lagos State Governor, Mr Olayinka Adekunle, Chief Segun Odegbami, former Super Eagles Star among others.