15th July, 2010
The slain Action Congress governorship candidate for Ogun State,Â Adedipupo Dina clocked 50 years yesterday and a special prayer was held today at the Anglican Church, Igbesa, Ijebu Ode to mark his post-humous birthday.
Speaking during the service, Revd. J.O. Fatade, the vicar of the church eulogised the murdered politician, stressing that Nigerians will miss him.
According to the clergyman, â€œwe are celebrating Dipo Dina, who was supposed to clock 50 years today. But some unscrupulous elements in the society cut his life short about six months ago. Friends and family members should stop crying forÂ Dina. Rather, they should try to live a worthy life like him.
â€œIjebu Ode knows that it has lost a great son. Ogun State knows it has lost a great man. And Nigeria knows it has lost an icon. Those who murdered Dipo Dina have murdered sleep and they will not know peace throughout their lives.â€
The church was filled to capacity by friends, family and associates ofÂ Dina. The people could not hold back tears as eulogies were poured on the lateÂ Dina.
The 50th post-humous birthday was organised by friends and associates of the former AC Chief at the church built byÂ Dina in memory of his late father.
Students, traders, politicians who grace the ceremonyÂ rain edÂ curses on the yet-to-be-identified killers ofÂ Dina.
Prayers were alsoÂ held today in the late Dinaâ€™s house in Lagos. One of his closest friends, Gbenga Obadara, a governorship aspirant in Ogun State under the platform of the AC, said he will be vying for the seat to ensure that Dina didÂ not dieÂ in vain.
According to Obadara, â€œthose who killed Dina eliminated his body but his soul is still with us. I and other friends of Dina will ensure that we sustain his political ideology. We are not mourning him, we are celebrating Dina today.â€