As the countdown to the big birthday novelty match in honour of the Chairman Chief Executive of Big Joe Ventures, Comrade Sunny Osayande continues to gather momentum, top government officials in Edo state have also accepted their invitation and expressed their readiness to grace the occassion.
Leading the pack of the top government functionaries is no other than the sports loving Deputy Governor of Edo state, Comrade Philip Shaibu who is not only the number two man in the state but also a star striker of Bendel Insurance, a top Nigeria National League side in the country.
The match organizer, Fred Newton Erhunmwunse who made the announcement with glee, revealed that the astute digital D-G as Comrade Philip Shaibu is fondly called, is to star in his favourite jersey number 40 which is also the same number he wears in competitive games for Bendel Insurance in the Nigerian league.
“The celebrant, Comrade Sunny Osayande in company of Ambassador Wesley Asoro and Honourable Osaro Felix paid a courtesy call on the Edo Deputy-Governor at the Government House in Benin-City and the great news is that there is going to be a huge government presence at the game with Edo State House Members and Council Chairmen accepting to come feature and they are to be led by Rt-honourable Philip Shaibu”.
“I will be playing. I am in great shape. It will be great starting the new year on a sporting note”, honourable Frank Ilaboya the Owan West Local Government Chairman also assured of his participation in the match.
The birthday novelty game is billed for Western Boys High School on Saturday the 23rd of January by 3pm.