Chief Anthony Anenih, who was the Board of Trustee chairman of PDP died yesterday, at 85 and would be remembered for being a fixation among the country’s political class.Anenih was, indeed, more than a choirmaster. He was almost the conductor in Nigeria’s political orchestra from the late eighties.
He was the man they loved to hate, but they almost always flattered and buffed about him in his presence.
The state Governor Obaseki gave his speech to commiserate the lost of Anenih
“Anenih’s death is a huge loss to the state and the nation as the elder statesman devoted a better part of his life to the development of the state and the country, contributing to national development in the various capacities he served while he lived.
According to him, “The whole of Edo State has suffered a huge loss with the death of Chief Anenih, the Iyasele of Esan land, who ranks as one of the most illustrious sons of the state.
Chief Anenih rose to the occasion when it mattered most, to defend the interest of Edo State and her people.
He attracted development to the state and groomed several Edo sons and daughters who are now active players in the nation’s political space.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss, more so at a time like this, when Nigeria needs his wisdom and guidance as we approach the election season.”
Obaseki prayed that God grants the Anenihs’ the fortitude to bear the loss, noting, “as the whole nation mourns Anenih’s passing, my condolences go to the family, as I pray that God grants them the grace to face this great loss.”
Politics may have separated us, but nothing affected our personal relationship.
Whatever public disagreement we might have had, I am consoled that we both reconciled at the church altar after he announced his retirement from partisan politics.
“It is a measure of his generosity of spirit that when I announced my interest in the chairmanship of APC earlier this year, he wrote a letter of endorsement, expressing absolute confidence in my ability to inspire APC to greater heights.
“His explicit support was not just in an objective appreciation of my ability but also in solidarity as fellow Edo man.
“We may have disagreed in terms of methodology, but there is no denying that deep in his heart was a commitment to see the progress of the nation at large and his native Edo in particular.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and political associates at this sorrowing moment.
Apart from the state Governor of Edo State who gave his speech Yesterday, several of his numerous political associates spoke in mournful tones, reflective of folks who had lost a choirmaster.