The wife of the late strongman of Ibadan politics who is also a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Lamidi Adedibu, Alhaja Abosede Adedibu, has said thather late husband, will be rejoicing in his grave over Engr. Seyi Makinde’s victory in the just concluded Oyo State governorship election.
Mrs Adedibu spoke with journalists at her late husband’s Molete residence last Thursday.
Live Times quoted her as saying that it s 11 years ago since her husband passed away and it was like the political party died with him. He thanked the governor-elect for resurrecting the party in state and now to an enviable status.
”When it was announced that Engr. Seyi Makinde has won, I started rolling in the floor. I said it is eleven years exactly after Baba’s death and PDP has come back. I really give thanks to God that he used Makinde to bring back PDP to the state. Engr. Makinde even said it that ‘Yeyeluwa, Baba must be happy now in the grave now that his party has returned to power”.
“But I’m not happy because most of those passed through Baba’s school of politics left our family after his death. I thank few of them, about 40 per cent who stood by us like Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, Sen. Teslim Folarin, Elder Wole Oyelese and others, I say thank you all. I don’t want to mention those that forsook us. They will say ‘we can not serve Baba and also serve his wife.’ But for those that still believe in the legacy of Baba and those who don’t believe, I say God will bless you all and I thank God I survived the challenges.”
Reacting to a rumour mill that all is not well between former governor Rashidi Ladoja and Makinde over lobby for appointments in the government, Alhaja Adedibu maintained that due to the initial coalition of Ladoja’s party and other political parties which gave PDP victory in the state, there must be sharing formula of posts in the government.
“I believe this is what Baba Ladoja is asking for and I know the Governor-elect will not violate the sharing agreement because Makinde is a man of his words, therefore, I don’t see any problem emanating from that”.
She as well maintained that because Makinde is the major financier of the political party, this will not bring rancour between him and the party leaders noting that the party leaders are experienced and Makinde too has respect for elders.
She added that expectations of people in the state is enormous while she prayed God to provide Makinde with the wisdom to steer the state to greater heights.
On recent visit of Makinde to incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Mrs. Adedibu noted that contrary to many people’s notion, it’s not a bad signal to the PDP circle. She said, PDP party leaders and members followed him there. “It is a way of extending hands of fellowship to each other and to show a good spirit of sportsmanship”, she said.