…Opens Up On Late Husband’s Political Life
By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Wife of the late strongman of Oyo State politics, Alhaji Lamidi Ariyibi Adedibu, Alhaja Modinat Abosede Adedibu has appealed to those her late husband offended while alive to forgive him, as there is no human being who doesn’t make mistakes.
She said since he is now late, those who offended him too must have been forgiven. She equally revealed that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is her godson in politics and has a cordial relationship with him, she offers him invaluable advice.
Yeyelua Adedibu made these revelations while being featured on a radio programme, Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, anchored by Olayinka Agboola on Space FM 90.1 recently.
She said her late husband was a good man, humble, generous and filled with the milk of human kindness, so much that he never liked anyone to be cheated but would rather come to the aid of such person.
“His detractors had so many unfavourable things to say about him. I don’t have any problem with that. You see, for example, most of the time, people would just go and hang a signpost on their landed property, to say ‘this land belong to Baba Adedibu in order to protect their property. They knew nobody would dare step on Adedibu’s land. And some of the times, Baba would even assist such people to complete their house.
“Baba would take time to listen to both parties whenever issues were brought to his attention and he would make sure an amicable solution was arrived at. Baba was a good man.
“He hated cheating. It is just that people do not show appreciation for good deeds in our society. They like going about peddling rumors about Baba. He is no longer with us. I have already asked for forgiveness from people he may have offended on his behalf. Nobody can walk without his head shaking. We will all take our turns to die. It is inevitable. We must learn to forgive one another.”
Speaking on how she met Chief Adedibu, she said, “you see the person Baba sent was one of my brothers. It took almost one and half years for me to agree to his proposal as he mounted pressures through some senior family members.
“I was afraid initially as I did not know him. Eventually, we got married. I became his fourth wife. Alhaji Adedibu was a romantic husband who never allowed politics to be in the way of spending quality time with wives and children altogether.
“Our marriage came about because it was ordained by God. It was destined. He was young then. He was a principled man even in politics and in family life and all relationships. He liked to treat people well. But he didn’t like being put under unnecessary pressure.”
When asked about the time some of Adedibu’s followers forcefully dragged a sitting Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Chief Adeniyi Akintola to the Molete residence of the top politician, she responded saying, “the issue was not like that,” adding that Adedibu needed him to be on his side, that was why he invited him.
“Those people sent were just being overzealous. Adedibu never told them to treat him roughly. In fact, there was a time the then President Ibrahim Babangida invited Baba too. He needed Baba to support what he was doing as President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces. We first thought Baba would be killed. But he was returned to us in one piece, nothing was done to him.”
Asked about her relationship with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, she said that it is all cordial.
“I know His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde is doing well for Oyo State. The signs are there. Ask my people, I pray for him to achieve two terms as Governor of Oyo State.
She further confirmed the perception that she is a kind of ‘godmother’ to the governor.
Her words “I am proud to be seen as the godmother of the Governor of Oyo State. Yes, awa ni iyaa Governor,” she added.
She also announced her plan to encourage Governor Makinde to immortalize her late husband.
“I am working on how the governor will immortalize Baba Adedibu, I will say it here and always that Baba did his best for the state while alive. I do not see why he should not be immortalized. An estate or something more than that should be named after him.”
Alhaja Bose Adedibu averred that she is not looking for any political appointment, nor hoping to contest for any public office in the future adding that her children are old and qualified enough to contest and occupy any office in Nigeria.
On her much-reported plan to remarry, she said, that is the work of rumour mongers. And by the way, it is not a bad idea for me to remarry. It is my prerogative but it is not my priority presently.
She called on all politicians whether in PDP or APC to shun do-or-die politics, saying it will not lead the nation anywhere.
“Many successful politicians in Nigeria passed through Baba and me. All of us should see each other as brothers and sisters.” She concluded.