Sunday, 20 April 2014
SUN RE O, ADUNNI !: Senator Babafemi Ojudu's Tribute To Late Deputy Governor Of Ekiti State
I lost a friend, a sister and a compatriot. She fought bravely to defeat cancer. She fought till the end. She kept insisting she would use all the power her God had given her to fight this monster and emerge victorious.
"Femi, stop crying," she kept telling me, adding that she would emerge from this and that we were going to do a big thanksgiving.
We lost an asset. A consummate administrator, an unparalleled image-maker. She gave a good face to Ekiti State. Radiant, brilliant, self-confident, a quintessential Ekiti woman.
Without hesitating, she left her plum job in a bank and dove into the murky waters of politics. In less than 48 hours after she accepted to partner Dr. Kayode Fayemi, she blended into the crowd and the folks who abused her a few hours earlier were now the ones who were carrying her bag around the state. From her I learnt quite a lot of lessons.
Not yet a tribute today. That will come later for this soft but yet steely woman. Rest in peace, Adunni.
I will miss you!
Kayode and Bisi Fayemi will miss you!
The womenfolk, as well as the men, will miss you!
Ado Ekiti will miss you!
Ekiti State will miss you!
E11 will miss you!
ACN will miss you!
Afenifere Renewal Group, of which you are a pioneering member, will miss you.
Most importantly, Lanre, your gentle husband will miss you.
Yeside and her sisters will miss you.
Papa and Mama Famuagun and the entire Sasere clan will miss you.
Sunre o, Adunni.
I will forever cherish my association with you.
I will never regret bringing you into politics.
You never for once disappointed even when it appeared all hope was lost.
You gave the struggle all that you had.
You never wavered!
You were courageous!
You were full of hope and kept reassuring me that all would be well even when I had to apologise to you at those low moments for bringing you into the rough and uncertain career of politics.
Funmi, you remain my hero!