Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, wife of the late former spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, received a condolence visit from Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor.
Remember that Tinubu issued a statement on Saturday mourning the death of the late activist, identifying him as a dedicated warrior for democracy.
The tale of Nigerian democracy, according to the APC stalwart, will not be complete without mentioning Odumakin.
Tinubu remembered Odumakin’s position in the June 12 struggle following the annulment of MKO Abiola’s election victory.
He had said: “In the struggle against the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election and the perpetuation of military dictatorship, Odumakin was never found wanting.
“He was at the vanguard of the battle even at the risk of his life and liberty. It is impossible to credibly tell the story of the emergence of the democracy we enjoy in this dispensation today without emblazoning Odumakin’s name in gold.
“He was a doughty fighter for freedom and the rule of law. He was rock solid in his commitment to Afenifere, the Yoruba people and the several other civil society groups in which he played active roles.”
He added, “In the course of the last two and a half decades, Odumakin and I had cause to collaborate in various organisations and in pursuit of different political causes at different times and I can testify to his capacity for hard work, his brilliance, his tenacity in his loyalty to his cherished principles.
“Even if we differed politically, I had no cause to doubt his sincerity in charting his chosen path. He will forever remain a model of what a citizen who places the good of his country above his personal interest could be.”
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