In a goodwill message sent to Chief Bisi Akande founding interim chairman of the APC on the occasion of his 78th birthday, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the celebrant, saying saying he (Akande) has been working hard to heal the ruling party.
In a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined all members of the APC, Akande’s friends and immediate family in celebrating the former Governor of Osun State (1999-2003) former Deputy Governor of Oyo State (1979-1983).
The statement read, “As one of the pillars of the opposition party that successfully ensured a round victory and smooth transition to unseat an incumbent President in 2015, the President believes Chief Akande’s wisdom, sacrifices, patriotism and commitment to the unity and development of Nigeria will always be remembered by posterity.
“President Buhari affirms that Chief Akande’s present role in the APC as a strong, visionary leader, a reconciling voice, strategist and stabiliser has paid up substantially in the enormous challenge of healing the ruling party, and the country.
“The President extols the passionate and relentless efforts of the statesman in ensuring the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria, and sustenance of the rule of law.
“He prays that the almighty God will grant Chief Akande longer life, more strength and wisdom to continue serving the country he loves, and humanity.”