Thursday, September 3, 2020

How I became Adedibu’s 4th wife- Makinde’s godmother

The wife of the late strongman of Oyo State politics, Alhaji Lamidi Ariyibi Adedibu; Alhaja Modinat Abosede Adedibu has come out to appeal to those her husband offended while alive to forgive him, adding that, there was no human being that does not make mistakes.

She also added that since he is now late, those who offended him too must have been forgiven. She equally revealed that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is her godson in politics and that in addition to having a cordial relationship with him, she does offer him invaluable pieces of advice.

 Chief (Mrs) Adedibu made these revelations while featuring on a private radio programme in Ibadan. She stated 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.

 “His detractors had so many unfavorable 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.” 

“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 rumors 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 shaking. We will all take our turns to die. It is inevitable. We must learn to forgive one another.”

 Speaking on how she met her late husband, Mrs Adedibu said that her husband 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.”

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

Furthermore, she stated 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.”

Asked about relationship with Governor Seyi Makinde, she said that it is all 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 further confirmed the perception that she is a kind of ‘godmother’ to the governor. Her words: “I am proud to be seen as the godmother of the Governor of Oyo State.

 Yes, awa ni iyaa Governor.” She also announced her plan to encourage Makinde to immortalize her late husband. 

“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.”