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Bisi Akande, a phenomenon – Akeredolu

Bisi Akande, a phenomenon – Akeredolu

By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo, & Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the former Governor of the State of Osun and former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, as a phenomenon.

Akeredolu spoke yesterday at the Public Presentation of a book, ” Bisi Akande Phenomenon? Governance, Economy and Politics (1999-2003). The ceremony was held at the Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall C, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba Lagos.

He commended Chief Akande for his courage which  has brought stability to politics not only in Osun State but also in the country at large.

The Chairman South West Governors’ Forum and the Chief Presenter of the book, stressed that Chief Akande had an uncommon courage in taking critical decisions in the face of strong political opposition as a state governor, saying he has provided good leadership when and where necessary.

According to governor Akeredolu, Baba Akande’s life in governance and politics has shown that politicians must not be afraid to take difficult decisions in the interest of the people and the system, just as he described chief Akande as a worthy son of Yoruba land and Nigeria.

“You are the thread that has kept the Progressives Family together. Undoubtedly, you have not done this alone, but with the cooperation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “You are not a hypocrite but very practical. You are a prudent manager of resources,” he added.

 “Most books are hardly true reflections of realities. But this one is a true reflection of Baba’s realities. Political jobbers could write sweet words and that is why most books do not get to bookshelves, but this one is factual.

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Also, Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, described the former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande, as an encyclopaedia of governance and statesmanship whose virtues are worthy of emulation.

He also said Osun was proud to donate his politics, economics and governance dynamics to a nation striving to emplace visionary and dynamic leadership, adding that it was Akande who birthed the legacy of prudent and transparent management of men and resources in the state.

He commended Akande, who was also a former governor of the state, for his immense contributions to nation building and national integration.

Describing the book as a collection of the illustrious contributions of Akande to the building of the political edifice called Nigeria; Governor Oyetola added that Akande is a model for contemporary politicians, youths, and school children who the nation looks up to as its hope.

The Chairman on the occasion and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, described the former governor as a transparent politician, a leader of men and complete gentleman who has served his stateand country with passion.

Mustapha who was represented by Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said chief Akande believes and always fights for justice and fair play.

Other southwest governors were also present at the event.

In his remarks, Chief Bisi Akande, emphasised the need for the nation’s education, laws and religions to be restructured for democracy and Nigeria as a country maintains her existence.

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