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Progressive politicians will miss Akinfenwa- Hon. Oduyoye

Former Minority Whip of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the House of Representatives, Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye, has described the late former National Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, as a great leader whose passion for the development of Yorubaland and Nigeria could not be quantified.
Oduyoye, who is the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters to the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, stated this in a tribute to the deceased AD national leader.
According to Oduyoye, who until his appointment was the South-West Leader of the AD, working with Pa Akinfenwa provided an unforgettable experience.
He stated that the late Senator was always ready to mentor the younger generation and bequeath a legacy of political emancipation to the South-West.
Oduyoye said: “Akinfenwa’s death at a time Nigeria is still in the woods regarding internal democracy in political parties, federalism and constitutionalism, is a big loss.”
He added that the Yoruba nation and Nigeria would miss his wealth of political experience and leadership.
“Pa Akinfenwa’s death is a great to politicians in the South-West and I believe, in Nigeria, because he was a repository of knowledge as far as politics was concerned, half of which I do not think he has imparted in the younger generation as he would have loved to do.
“Working with Senator Akinfenwa to rebuild the AD after its experience in the hands of political saboteurs provided one of the most unforgettable experiences for me.
“Baba always stood for what he felt was right; he never buckled or faltered in the struggle for the institutionalisation of democracy in the AD and he never missed an opportunity to express his passion for the development of the South-West and Nigeria. All these reflected in how he fought for close to 20 years to gift Nigeria a political platform that would be truly democratic and observe internal democracy to the letters,” Oduyoye said.

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Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.