By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The entrance of a former governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Chief Olasunkanmi Tegbe, stirred a commotion as he became a cynosure of all eyes at the 41-day fidua ceremony which also marked the 80th posthumous birthday of the late Alhaja Sherifat Kola-Daisi, mother-in-law to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, amid other dignitaries including the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu during a song rendition at the well attended party.
Tegbe, on entering the popular Ibadan Civic Centre, venue of the event, attracted the attention of many people who had earlier arrived, as his arrival caught the attention of the musician and other guests.
Decked in the customized attire made the event, Tegbe, who was beaming with smiles, was seen exchanging pleasantries with notable people which included Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife, Mrs. Florence after he was ushered to his reserved seat.
His appearance at the event further dispelled insinuations in some quarters that he has since maintained an estranged relationship with the governor, following the outcome of the last primary election of the APC, which saw Mr. Adelabu emerged as the governorship candidate of the party.
While speaking with journalists at the programme, Tegbe hinted that his failure to emerge the gubernatorial candidate of the party would not hinder him from contributing meaningfully to the development of the state and the party.
According to him: “Politics should not be viewed as a do-or-die affair; In every situation or environment you found yourself, always strive to contribute your quota in raising the standard of such an environment.”
“I ventured into politics not for personal gains, but for the benefit of mankind and socio-economic development of my state.”
On his next move, Tegbe said that God would determine his next political journey, adding that no one could foretell what the future holds.
“Life is full of challenges. Yet, those challenges are not to exasperate the believer. His or her confidence is that tomorrow is in God’s hand. No matter what happens, therefore, he is safe.”
The tax expert added that he would continue to work with the leadership of the party to engender progressive development in the state.
Tegbe said: “I want to assure you that I remain committed to the Oyo project. We are in politics for good and we will continue to contribute our quota.”
“I am passionate about the development of this state. I have a stake because this is my state. I am from Ibadan and I want to use my experience and expertise to make it better,” he added.
He used the medium to describe late Alhaja Kola-Daisi as a woman who lived a life worthy of emulation, adding that she epitomised a woman of credibility, humility, diligence and forthrightness who used everything at her disposal to complement her husband ideals.
Tegbe, who described the late Alhaja Kola-Daisi as an indefatigable pillar of support, collaboration and partner to her husband, said there was the need for women to remain committed and dedicated to the ideology and philosophy of their husbands irrespective of the circumstance that comes around, saying that she dedicated her entire life to service God and humanity as she didn’t deviate from the ideology of her husband.