Nigeria has lost a golden voice, in all sectors, both in government and non-government. These were the words of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, who led some other executive members of the party to the home of the late spokesperson of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin on Monday.
They were received by Odumakin’s wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin.
While praying for the repose of the soul of the late activist, Secondus also prayed that God would console his wife, and the family he left behind.
“No one could imagine what’s going in your mind right now, and to the enemy, they have not defeated the course which our brother, Yinka Odumakin believed in.
“People would continue to fight the cause and God would raise more voices, even at this time to fight for what is right because the country is in distress, and crisis. No one is safe in the country, but God would intervene in our affairs,” Secondus said.
The PDP National Chairman added that the late Yinka Odumakin stood for better Nigeria, and that he believed in the system of devolving power to the people “because peoples’ vote really matter. Nigeria would be a better country if they take into account all that he stood for, and I believe younger generation would come to know and appreciate the man called; Yinka Odumakin.”
Speaking further, Secondus said that Nigeria has lost one very credible voice at this time of crisis, adding that it’s painful and that it’s only God that would uphold each and everyone that he left behind, and promised that they would continue to carry the banner of the truth and the exemplary life he lived.
“Yinka Odumakin believed in one Nigeria, he also believed that power should be returned to the people by way of restructuring or devolving power to the power. The concentration of power at the center no longer works. We are over 200 hundred million people in Nigeria, so, people must be strengthened to carry out other economic activities.
“The country can no longer continue with one Inspector General of Police at the center, one this and one that. That was what the late Afenifere spokesperson stood for. He stood for a united country. We believe in him, that’s the only way the country could be better off for us to move forward,” he said.
On whether the Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami should be sacked, Secondus said that the PDP did not say that he should be sacked but that he should be investigated and if that if the claims of having links with terrorists groups is confirmed, he should be shown the way out of the cabinet.
He noted that the PDP would continue to stand on the truth and for all Nigerians, and that the most painful is the current situation in the country.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a national state of emergency on security in the country.
According to him, “people are dying daily, we don’t even know their number. Should we continue to lose our people everyday. Homes are being attacked, and bandits are all over the place.
“Therefore, the President should focus on the security of lives and property in the country. If we cannot secure lives and property, there won’t be development, that’s the truth.
“We should put politics aside and face the business of governance squarely. If he cannot do it alone, it’s better he involves everybody,” he said.
Secondus was accompanied on the visit by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, its National Treasurer, Hon. Aribisala and Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi.