The Deputy National Chairman , South, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Segun Oni, has congratulated a former Minister of Transport and Aviation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, CFR, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, this Friday.
Oni, a former Governor of Ekiti State, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Steve Alabi, described Chief Babatope, popularly called “Ebino Topsy”, as a great nationalist, a consummate politician and an unwavering democrat with intimidating credentials and extraordinary organisational ability, who has served the country with patriotic zeal over the years.
“Chief Babatope, whom I’ve known since my childhood days at Ifaki-Ekiti, my hometown, is a man of immense intellectual capacity, a prolific and cerebral writer who has deployed his talents in serving the cause of the common man. His place in the history of progressive politics in Nigeria is assured on account of the enviable roles he has played in the last four decades,” Oni said.
“He has been a great family friend and role model. His family and our family share relationships dating back several decades and he has been a wonderful mentor to us his younger ones,” he added.
Oni, a gubernatorial hopeful in the 2018 Ekiti election, prayed for excellent and robust health for Chief Babatope to enable him continue to avail the nation the benefits of his wisdom and political sagacity for many more years to come.