Akande, A Foremost Nationalist – Osun Assembly

By Damilola Olujide

Osun state House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salam has described Chief Adebisi Akande as a foremost nationalist with keen interest for a better Nigeria.

The House congratulated the former Governor of the State, who clocks 79. The house also disclosed that he is a figure worthy of emulation by the younger generation especially for his prudent nature in governance.

According to a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye on Tuesday, the House expressed its delight to join other friends, family and associates of Akande to celebrate him.

The parliament added that Baba Omo Keekeke as he is fondly called is no doubt a  politician with impact and indeed a man of many parts who has occupied strategic positions like being the National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as well as being the first and only Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akande was the Secretary to the State Government, Deputy Governor both in the old Oyo State and also the Executive Governor of Osun and gave the state a solid foundation.

While wishing him long life and prosperity, the House also wished Chief Akande good health, noting that he has positively touched lives and added values to Osun and Nigeria at large.

Osun 2018: Akande Debunks Crack Rumours In APC

By Ismaeel Uthman

A former governor of the State of Osun, Chief Adebisi Akande has stated that the aspiration of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola does not amount to crack or clashes in the party.

According to Akande, the expression of ambition to become something in a political system is habitual and should not be misconceived to be a clash or division in the party.

The first Interim National Chairman of the APC made the statement in his country home, Ila-Orangun on Tuesday at a press conference as part of the activities to mark his 79th birthday.

Answering question on what the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state would look like, Akande said: “I am an Osun man and I know that there is clamour, not clashes; there are people expressing ambition, and there is nothing wrong in that, and I don’t see wanting to become something mean cracks in a political party.

“The only thing is that many of the people wanting to become what, whether counselor, governor, commissioner, member of the assembly or even president, must not have it in mind that you are going there to trade.

“If you are going there to trade, you are going to end up liquidated. But if you are going there to serve genuinely, definitely, you will be successful.”

Speaking on national issues, Akande condemned the current presidential system of government in the country, just as he made case for parliamentary form of government.

Akande who said the presidential system of government could no longer sustain Nigeria’s growth and success, noted that it was difficult for President Muhammadu Buhari to run a successful government with the system in place.

“President Buhari is my friend and I want him to succeed but he is running a difficult system of government.

“Nigeria’s democracy is a military democracy of sharing and if we continue like this, there is no how we can succeed.

“Up to this present age, evidence based analysis has proven parliamentary democracy to be the most accountable and transparent form of government in the whole world.”

Instead of the presidential, Akande made case for  multi-party parliamentary democracy, describing it as the best form of government for Nigeria if it wants to catch up with the rest of the civilised world.

He said that the American democratic system was too complicated and costly for a country of poor people with large illiteracy rate like Nigeria.

According to him, the Nigerian nation is currently running a difficult government under an unworkable setup.

He said: “The system is unworkable. Any law under any unworkable constitution is a bad law. They are doing a difficult thing under a very bad system. So long we continue with this form of system, Nigeria will not succeed.”

Akande who also faulted centralisation of power at the federal, insisted that police must be decentralised.

Listing countries like Isreal, UK, India and others that have succeeded with the parliamentary system, he said: “Apart from being transparent and very accountable, parliamentary democracy is absolutely inclusive. Therefore, it appears to be the best form of governmental structure for Nigeria now.

“Multi-party parliamentary democracy is the best form of government that is left available for Nigeria, if it wants to catch up with the rest of the civilised and rapidly developing world in the next decades before oil revenues will no longer be in vogue.”

 

Osun APC Greets Akande At 79

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun has congratulated Chief Adebisi Akande as he celebrates his 79th birthday.

A statement issued by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi disclosed that the APC joined families and friends to honour the great leader and use the occasion to also celebrate some of his grand achievements.

“It is to the credit of Papa Akande that APC was nursed until it was given birth to in 2013. We had to depend on his wisdom and political sagacity in putting together parties of different orientations into one cohesive family that we are today.

“Besides, we celebrate his uncommon wisdom, which was not appreciated by some,  at the time he was governor, in placing this state in a firm foundation administratively.

“Also Pa Akande will be treasured for his statemanship which cuts across party lines and has brought him to the forefront of national leadership.

“As he turns 79 last Tuesday, the party wished him many more glorious years of selfless service to the state of Osun and the country in general”, the statement reads.

 

Iya Olobi, Aregbesola’s Mother Celebrated In Grandstyle After Death

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The death of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, popularly known as Iya Olobi, mother of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Tuesday brought together arrays of who is who in the society, as they thronged Ilesa, the hometown of the governor to pay their last respect to a woman they all described as a virtuous woman.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was among thousands of dignitaries that thronged the ancient town at the eight day Fida’u prayers for Governor Aregbesola’s late mother, who passed on at 84.

The event held at the Zenabab Resort, Ijebu-jesa road in Ilesa.

Governors Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ibikunle Amosun (Oyo), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos) were among the dignitaries.

Others were Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh; former Inspector General of Police, Musliu Smith; former EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu; APC chieftain, Bisi Akande.

Also among other dignitaries were Royal Fathers, Ministers, Former Governors, Senators, members of House of Representatives and Houses of Assemblies, Captains of Industries, Islamic clerics and Local Government chairmen.

The event, which started at about 1.00 p.m., was marked by the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, selected prayers, public lecture by a don and Christian prayers by a cleric.

One of the prayer recitations was offered by Ahmad Suleiman, who accompanied Mr. Ganduje to the event.

A don and Chief Imam of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Taofeek Abdulhamid, in his lecture, called on the living to always remember that anything with a beginning, including life and political office, would have an ending.

He advised that as mourners remembered the late Mrs. Aregbesola  they should strive to mend their own lives so that they would inherit eternal life.

He said that people should learn to honour time, including their time on earth, as a sensible act, not to miss their way to the glorious end.

The don further urged political office holders to see their positions as an opportunity to serve the people, adding that good followership also would correct leaders and make them accountable for the country.

The event also witnessed cultural dance performances, climaxed with wining and dining.

Buhari Hosts Akande, Tinubu In London (Photos)

President Muhammudu Buhari today received two part chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at his Abuja House, London where he his currently enjoying his vacation.

Those who paid the President a visit includes a National Leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and APC’s first national chairman and former governor of the state of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande.

OsunDefender recalls that the President had last January, 2017 written to the Nigerian Senate to proceed on a medical vacation.

However, shortly after he arrive in the United Kingdom, the rumor mill went agog about the health of Mr President with some insinuating he his dead.

However, today’s visit by the party chieftains, put to rest, the rumor on President Buhari’s health.

Bisi Akande Denies Shunning Akeredolu Rally In Ondo

A former Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, has explained why he did not attend the campaign of the party for its governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.

He said contrary to reports in the media that he shunned the event, he only decided to stay away from stress in line with the advice of his doctors.

Akande, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Lani Baderinwa, in a statement issued on Friday said he had been going abroad for medical treatment.

Apart from Akande, President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Rauf Aregbesola were among those who were absent at the rally.

The statement read, “Chief Bisi Akande has no reason to shun APC campaigns and rallies in Ondo state because every APC aspirant that contested the Ondo state governorship primary in September has always been his close associate and knew so well that he (Bisi Akande) is being treated from one hospital to another in the USA, the U.K. and in Nigeria since last April.

“He, according to medical advice, is being asked to take things easy in the time being. Despite that, as an APC respectable leader, he has been working behind the scene to reconcile differences among the warring tendencies in the party.”

However, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State said President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, were absent at its governorship rally due to urgent national matters they had to attend to.

Buhari Meets Gov. Aregbesola, Sen. Adeyeye, Chief Akande In Aso Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari late yesterday evening met with Chief Bisi Akande, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Senator Olusole Adeyeye all from Osun State at the Presidential Villa his return from Germany.

Sources in the know of the meeting says the president urgently met with the trio to attend to urgent state matters in the interest of Osun.

See photos from the meeting below:

aregbesola-buhari-bisi-akande-adeyeye

Photonews: Diocese Of Osun Anglican Communion Built Classrooms In Honour Of Chief Bisi Akande

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola joined other well-wishers and dignitaries during the official commissioning of a block of 10 classrooms with offices built by the Diocese of Osun North East, Anglican Communion in honour of Chief Bisi Akande, at Anglican Village, Diocesan Headquarters, Otan-Ayegbaju,in the State of Osun. See pictures below;

diocesan-projects-1
The Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola, (3rd left),
former Governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande (2nd left), Archbishop
Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev
Dr Nicholas Okoh, (1st right), Archbishop Ibadan Ecclesiastical
Province,
Most Rev Dr Segun Okubadajo, (2nd right), Former Governor of Osun,
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, his Wife, Omolola and deputy Governor,
Mrs.Grace Titilaoye Tomori, during the official Commissioning of a
Block of 10 Classrooms with offices built by the Diocese of Osun North
East, Anglican Communion in honour of Chief Bisi Akande, at Anglican
Village, Diocesan Headquarters, Otan-Ayegbaju, State of Osun on
wednesday 12/10/2016.

diocesan-projects-2
The Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola ( middle), former
Governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande ( right), and Archbishop
Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev
Dr Nicholas Okoh (left), during the official Commissioning of a Block
of 10 Classrooms with offices built by the Diocese of Osun North East,
Anglican Communion in honour of Chief Bisi Akande, at Anglican
Village, Diocesan Headquarters, Otan-Ayegbaju, State of Osun on
wednesday 12/10/2016.

diocesan-projects-3
The Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola, (1st left), Bishop of
Osun North East Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rev.Humphrey Olumakaiye
(2nd left), former Governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande (1st right)
and his Wife, Omowumi, during the official Commissioning of a Block of
10 Classrooms with offices built by the Diocese of Osun North East,
Anglican Communion in honour of Chief Bisi Akande, at Anglican
Village, Diocesan Headquarters, Otan-Ayegbaju, State of Osun on
wednesday 12/10/2016.

diocesan-projects-4
The Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola, (3rd left), former
Governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande ( 3rd right), Archbishop
Metropolitan and
Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Dr Nicholas Okoh,
(2nd right), Bishop of Osun North East Diocese (Anglican Communion),
Rev.Humphrey Olumakaiye (2nd left), Archbishop Ibadan Ecclesiastical
Province, Most Rev Dr Segun Okubadajo. (1st right) and Owa of Otan
Ayegbaju, Oba Lukmon Fadipe, during the official Commissioning of a
Block of 10 Classrooms with offices built by the Diocese of Osun North
East, Anglican Communion in honour of Chief Bisi Akande, at Anglican
Village, Diocesan Headquarters, Otan-Ayegbaju, State of Osun on
wednesday 12/10/2016.

Osoba Returns To APC

Former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba is back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Top APC chieftains in the South-West on Sunday met to receive Osoba at his residence in Lagos.

Present were former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Ogun State, Bisi Akande, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Oluranti Adebule, who represented the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Osoba left the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and alongside others, rejuvenated the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the platform upon which his supporters contested in the 2015 general elections.

Osoba has governed Ogun State twice.

He was elected on SDP platform and was in office from January 1992 until November 1993 when he and others were removed from office by General Sani Abacha.

In 1999, he was elected again as Governor of Ogun State on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

APC Translates Party Constitution Into Three Languages

In its resolve to identify with the grassroots, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has translated its Constitution into three local Nigerian languages.

The languages are Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo.

The party will launch the local versions of its constitution on February 16 in honour of its first Interim National chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.

A statement by the party said: “The translation which is modeled and structured after the original Constitution will further enable party faithful to understand the principles governing the party and other sundry issues.

“The public presentation of the translated constitution of the APC into three major Nigerian languages (Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo), which has been dedicated to  its first highly respected interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande will take place at the International Conference Centre Abuja on February 16, 2016.

“This is a move to spread the message of unity and solidarity among its members and also further preach the grassroots nature of the party. The event is expected to be attended by a majority of its members and party faithful.”