Immortalize my late husband, Alhaja Modinat Abosede Adedibu tells Governor Makinde

The wife of the late stalwart of Oyo State politics, Alhaji Lamidi Ariyibi Adedibu, Alhaja Modinat Abosede Adedibu on Tuesday has implored the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to immortalize her late husband.

Alhaja Adedibu also pleaded with those he offended while alive to forgive him, as there is no human being that does not make mistakes adding that since he is now late, those who offended him too are forgiven.

She indicated that the present governor is her godson in politics and that in addition to having a cordial relationship with him, she does offer him invaluable pieces of advice.

Yeyelua Adedibu who was a guest on a radio programme, Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, asserted that her Late husband was a good man, humble, generous and filled with milk of human kindness, so much that he never liked anyone to be cheated but would rather come to the aid of that person.

In her words, “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, saying ‘this land belongs to Baba Adedibu, my late husband. They were only doing this to protect their property. They knew nobody would dare deprive them of their hard-earned property by doing this. Some of the times, Baba would even assist such people to complete the house.

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“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 rumours about Baba. He is no longer with us. I have already asked for the forgiveness from people he may have offended on his behalf. Nobody can walk without his head not shaking. We will all take our turns to die. It is inevitable. We must learn to forgive one another.

“I am working on how the governor will immortalize Baba. 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.”

Speaking on how he met her Late husband, Mrs Adedibu said that Baba was just passing in front of her house one day when he saw her standing outside her parents’ home.

“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.

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“I was afraid initially as I did not know him. Eventually, we got married. I became his fourth wife”.

Furthermore, she claimed that 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 “the issue was not like that. Baba needed him to be on his side and he invited him.

“Those people sent were just being overzealous. Adedibu never told them to treat him roughly. And when he eventually got to Baba, did he announce what Baba did for him? 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, nothing was done to him.”

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She explained that her relationship with Governor Seyi Makinde is very cordial.

“I know His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde is doing well for Oyo State. The positive signs are there. Ask people I pray for him to achieve two terms as Governor of Oyo State”.

She confirmed the perception that she is a kind of ‘godmother’ to the governor.

“I am proud to be seen as the godmother of the Governor of Oyo State. Yes, awa ni iyaa Governor”.

Alhaja Bose Adedibu stated 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. You Baba’s children will have to wait a long time for that to happen.”

She, however, called on all politicians to shun do-or-die politics, saying that “I cannot fight them whether they are in APC, PDP or whatever. Many successful politicians in Nigeria passed through Baba and myself. All of us should see each other as brothers and sisters”.


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