Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the death of Justice Victor Ovie-Whiskey, the former Chairman of the defunct Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) as another major loss to Nigeria’s legal profession.
Atiku in a condolence message by his Media Office in Abuja said that one of the greatest qualities of the late Whiskey was his insistence on accuracy on the part of those who made allegations.
He particularly recalled Whiskey’s famous denial of allegedly collecting one million naira during the First Republic to influence the outcome of the election, to which the late FEDECO Chairman said he would faint at the sight of such huge amount.
According to him, Whiskey’s insistence that accusers should be sure of their facts first was a challenge to our society where people easily go public with wild allegations without substantiation.
Atiku also praised Whiskey’s unassuming nature, saying that throughout his post-retirement life, he never courted publicity or controversies. He prayed to God to grant his soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss of their pillar support.
Meanwhile, the former Vice President also condoled with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on the death of his mother, Alhaja Sikirat Ajimobi.
Describing a mother as the greatest gift of man, Atiku said his heart went out to the Governor at this moment of grief.